Kevin Jennings, the U.S. Department of Education’s assistant deputy secretary for safe and drug-free schools, is leaving that role this week to become president and chief executive officer of the Boston nonprofit Be The Change.
Mr. Jennings founded the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, and his appointment two years ago raised the ire of some conservative members of Congress.
At the Education Department, he has put a spotlight on bullying. In October, the departments civil rights office issued a letter outlining schools roles’ in cases of bullying, which stated in part that “a school is responsible for addressing harassment incidents about which it knows or reasonably should have known.” Mr. Jennings’ efforts culminated in a conference at the White House on bullying.
A version of this article appeared in the June 08, 2011 edition of Education Week as Safe-Schools Chief Stepping Down