President Donald Trump named Jerome Adams as the chief education officer for the Trump administration.
Adams was named deputy director of the Office of Civil Rights, a post he will hold until his retirement.
Adams will lead the agency as it investigates whether schools are adequately educating students, and if so, whether they’re doing enough to combat the rising rate of suspensions.
He’ll also lead a panel that will look into whether schools in states that expanded their graduation requirements during the Obama administration can be counted on to do the same for their students.
The new chief education official, who was previously the acting administrator of the Civil Rights Division, will replace William A. Lynn, who resigned in April.
Adames was a top civil rights lawyer at the Justice Department in the Clinton administration.
He was also a top education official at the White House under President George W. Bush.
In a statement announcing the appointment, Lynn said Adames’ expertise and experience will help to make sure that students in the public schools of the United States continue to receive an education that will prepare them for success in the 21st century.
He also said Adams’ leadership and experience are essential to advancing the national goal of making the education system more responsive to the needs of all students.
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