The New Director of Education Technology Has Big Plans. (Government Spotlight: The Latest News from and about Education from the U.S. Government)
Angelo, Jean Marie, District Administration
John Bailey was already planning his first big technology initiative after only a few weeks into his new job as director of the Office of Educational Technology in the U.S. Department of Education. His first self-assigned task was to meet with the state education technology directors from all 50 states.
"One of our first efforts is to learn their needs and to help with funding opportunities," Bailey says.
Bailey replaces Linda Roberts, a Clinton appointee, as the top technology executive in the U.S. Department of Education.
His next move will be setting up a Web-based system that connects the technology directors and enlists their ongoing opinions about education and technology.
Bailey wants to make sure the $700 million allocated to the states for technology spending in the No Child Left Behind bill is fairly distributed to the states and their school districts.
It also fits with his past experience as Pennsylvania's first director of educational technology, where he played a key role in Gov. Tom Ridge's Link-to-Learn program. …