THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES MICHAEL COHEN AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION AT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The President today announced his intent to nominate Michael Cohen to serve as Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the Department of Education.
Mr. Michael Cohen, of Silver Spring, Maryland, has served as Senior Advisor on Education Reform to the Secretary of Education since February 1999. From 1996-1999, he was Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy. He previously was Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education from 1993-1996. From 1990-1992, he was the Director of the National Alliance for Restructuring Education at the National Center on Education and the Economy. He served as the Education Program Director at the National Governors' Association from 1987-1990. From 1984-1987, he was Director of Policy Development of the National Association of State Boards of Education. Previously, he served as a Senior Associate and a Team Leader of the Effective Schools Team at the National Institute of Education. Mr. Cohen received a B.A. degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and did graduate work at the University of Toronto and John Hopkins University.
The Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education manages $15 billion in programs that provide financial assistance, technical assistance and leadership to improve the quality of education in kindergarten through the twelfth grade. The Assistant Secretary serves as the Secretary's representative to superintendents, state school officers, teachers, parents and students across the nation.