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Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider

Mark Schneider, a vice president and institute fellow at the American Institutes for Research and College Measures and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, has been confirmed for a six-year term as the director of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. From 2005 to 2008, he was the commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, making him the first former top research official to return to a new post in the agency.

Rebecca Holcombe, Vermont's education secretary, has resigned.

Rebecca Holcombe
Rebecca Holcombe

Before joining the state agency, she taught at the secondary and university levels and served as a school principal.

Holcombe, who was appointed in 2014, announced her departure four days before leaving. She did not provide any reasons for her resignation, though she had been leading the thorny initiative of driving the state's many districts to merge with neighboring ones.

Katherine Bassett, the executive director and CEO of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, has stepped down after five years.

Previously, she worked for the Center for Educator Effectiveness at Pearson and for the Educational Testing Service. She was New Jersey's 2000 teacher of the year.

Eric Isselhardt, who was the network's vice president and chief operating officer, is now serving as its president and acting CEO.

Denise Juneau
Denise Juneau

Denise Juneau, a former state schools chief in Montana, has been selected as the next superintendent of the Seattle district.

She was Montana's state superintendent for eight years and worked in the superintendent's office beforehand. She was also a teacher.

Juneau was the first Native American woman to win statewide office in Montana and the state's first openly gay candidate when she ran for Congress in 2016.

Vol. 37, Issue 26, Page 5

Published in Print: April 11, 2018, as Transitions
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