James Shelton, the U.S. Department of Education’s assistant secretary for innovation and improvement, is to take on an even bigger role at the agency early next month.
Department sources confirm that Mr. Shelton, who helped craft and implement the Investing in Innovation grant competition, is in line to become the deputy secretary. He would replace Tony Miller.
This would put Mr. Shelton in U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s inner circle and open up a key position in the department’s innovation ranks. It also shows that second-term turnover continues.
While the i3 program didn’t have the same scale as Race to the Top, it is an Obama administration priority, and Mr. Shelton has worked to build a portfolio of promising projects that are now starting to show effects.
The new position requires a presidential appointment.
A version of this article appeared in the April 17, 2013 edition of Education Week as Ed. Dept.'s Shelton Promoted to Deputy