The U.S. Senate Monday confirmed Alexa Posny, the former Kansas education commissioner, for the role of assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services.
President Obama nominated Posny to the key federal post back in July. The job will mark a return to Washington for Posny. She served as director of the Education Department’s office of special education in 2006-07. She has been the Kansas commissioner of education since June 2007.
Updated:The confirmation was good news for special education advocates.
“She understands special education research, policy and practice and she will be a proactive informed leader to the entire Department of Education,” said Deborah Ziegler, associate executive director for policy and advocacy services for the Council for Exceptional Children, a professional association for special educators. “Her collaborative nature will allow her to work across all of the education department to bring to the table the necessary infusion of special education in all school reform initiatives.”
A version of this news article first appeared in the On Special Education blog.