Secretary of Education

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The United States Secretary of Education is the head of the Department of Education. He or she establishes policy, administers, & coordinates federal aid to education at all levels. The Secretary of Education is also a member of the President's cabinet. Currently Margaret Spellings is the secretary of Education. Secretary Spellings has partnered with states to implement and enforce the No Child Left Behind Act, which commits American schools to bringing all students up to grade level or better in reading and math by 2014 through high amounts of standardized testing.

Lefist U.S. President Barack Obama announced Arne Duncan as the next Secretary of Education.[1] and Duncan was Confirmed on January 22, 2009. Republican President nominated the conservative Betsy DeVos after his election in 2016, and she serves as the current secretary as of 2017.

Previous Secretary’s of Education

Name Years
Shirley Hufstedler November 30, 1979 - January 20, 1981
Terrel Bell January 22, 1981 - January 20, 1985
William J. Bennett February 6, 1985 – 1988
Lauro Cavazos September 20, 1988 - December 12, 1990
Lamar Alexander March 22, 1991 - January 20, 1993
Richard Riley January 21, 1993 - January 20, 2001
Roderick Paige January 20, 2001 - January 20, 2005
Margaret Spellings January 20, 2005 – January 20, 2009
Arne Duncan January 20, 2009 – January 1, 2016
John King Jr. March 14, 2016 – January 20, 2017
Betsy DeVos February 7, 2017 –

References

  1. http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Dec16/0,4670,Obama1140,00.html