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Former San Diego Unified Superintendent Carl Cohn has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings to the National Technical Advisory Council, a 16-person body that could have a major impact on the future of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the latest iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The council advises the national Department of Education on state standards, testing and accountability, according to a press release issued today by California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, who gave Cohn some serious kudos:

Carl’s work as superintendent in both the Long Beach Unified School District and San Diego Unified School District provides an example of what can be done to improve student achievement at schools with some of our most diverse student populations. … Carl’s experience and leadership skills will provide an invaluable voice to the National Technical Advisory Council as it grapples with ways to improve the federal accountability system leading up to the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


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