Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education

The President intends to nominate Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana to be Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education.  Dr. Melendez serves as the Superintendent of Schools in the Pomona Unified School District in Pomona, CA.  The Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education is responsible for developing, monitoring and implementing federal K-12 policy, including No Child Left Behind.

Dr. Melendez has written numerous articles on school administrators, the achievement gap, women in education, and the issues of race and class.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, at UCLA, a Doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Southern California, participated in several graduate programs in school administration and leadership, and was a Broad Urban Superintendents Academy fellow.

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