Gov. Wolf to Nominate Noe Ortega to Serve as Education Secretary

first_img Education,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced today his intention to nominate current Pennsylvania Department of Education Deputy Secretary of Postsecondary and Higher Education Noe Ortega to serve as the next Secretary of Education. Ortega will replace Pedro Rivera, who will continue to serve as Secretary until he becomes President of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology on Oct. 1, 2020.“Noe Ortega has a proven record of advocating for equity and access for all students,” said Gov. Wolf. “Recently, Noe has been spearheading Pennsylvania’s efforts to diversify our educator pipeline to make our classrooms better reflect the students we educate, and his expertise will continue to advance the department’s mission of ensuring Pennsylvania’s learners have access to the educational opportunities that will help them succeed.”Before joining PDE in 2017, Ortega spent eight years at the University of Michigan (U-M), where he held several academic and administrative roles, including working as the Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate at the National Center for Institutional Diversity and as the Managing Director for the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good. Ortega also spent nearly a decade working in the areas of financial aid and enrollment management at both public and private universities in Texas and served as a P-16 Specialist for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. He also spent nearly seven years as director of a language institute in Japan where he trained teachers in the area of early childhood language acquisition.“Under Pedro Rivera’s leadership Pennsylvania adopted the landmark basic education funding formula, the Future Ready PA Index, an innovative school measuring tool for communities to more easily evaluate how their schools are performing, and implemented a school improvement strategy to provide struggling schools with resources and guidance to help them develop plans responsive to local conditions and needs,” said Gov. Wolf. “His leadership has been critical during the commonwealth’s response to COVID-19 and the relationships he cultivated with education stakeholders during his tenure have strengthened the ties between state and local partners and allowed local schools to inform state education policy.”Ver esta página en español. August 04, 2020 Gov. Wolf to Nominate Noe Ortega to Serve as Education Secretarycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

SD State looks to extend streak vs SD

first_img Associated Press SD State looks to extend streak vs SD February 21, 2020 ARE YOU EXPERIENCED: South Dakota has depended on senior leadership while South Dakota State has been fueled heavily by freshmen this year. For the Coyotes, seniors Tyler Hagedorn, Stanley Umude, Tyler Peterson, Triston Simpson and Cody Kelley have collectively accounted for 83 percent of the team’s scoring. In the other locker room, freshmen Douglas Wilson, Noah Freidel and David Wingett have collectively scored 47 percent of South Dakota State’s points this season, including 52 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.TERRIFIC TYLER: Hagedorn has connected on 53.5 percent of the 129 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 6 for 17 over his last three games. He’s also converted 81.6 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: South Dakota is 0-5 when scoring fewer than 70 points and 19-5 when scoring at least 70.PERFECT WHEN: South Dakota is a perfect 9-0 when it turns the ball over nine times or fewer. The Coyotes are 10-10 when they record more than nine turnovers. The South Dakota State defense has forced 9.6 turnovers per game in conference play and 13 per game over its last three.DID YOU KNOW: The South Dakota State offense has scored 78.1 points per game this season, ranking the Jackrabbits 26th nationally. The South Dakota defense has allowed 74.1 points per game to opponents (ranked 254th).___center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSouth Dakota (19-10, 9-5) vs. South Dakota State (21-8, 12-2)Frost Arena, Brookings, South Dakota; Sunday, 3 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: South Dakota State looks for its eighth straight conference win against South Dakota. South Dakota State’s last Summit League loss came against the South Dakota Coyotes 99-84 on Jan. 19. South Dakota fell 77-74 at home to North Dakota State in its last outing. For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Sunken Dragga to be removed “by any means” – Patterson

first_imgSome four months after dredge “Draga” sank at Pieremap Falls, Mazaruni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has ordered that the vessel be removed “by any means possible”.AFC General SecretaryDavid PattersonThe Minister told reporters on Friday that he has appointed someone to salvage the vessel, which will be done soon using one of three options.“I know that the salvager has started and I gave her the instructions by any means possible – either cut it, tow it or destroy it… It is in the letter destroy it. I didn’t say blow it up,” Patterson stated.According to the Minister, this exercise will cost $24 million, which the owner Crown Mining will have to repay Government.Moreover, Patterson disclosed that the owner had written to him, through a lawyer, requesting more time but that request was denied.“I told him you cannot have one dredge disturbing an entire community…We have written to the owner of the dredge, indicating our disquiet on the issue of it taking so long – it actually went down the first week of June and it’s still there,” the Public Infrastructure Minister stated.Over the past few months, the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) MARAD and Crown Mining have been severely criticised over the failure to remove the sunken dredge at Pieremap Falls, Mazaruni River.It was reported that Crown Mining assiduously tried to remove the dredge from its current position, unfortunately high tide and the location of the dredge, between rocks in the waterfalls, made it impossible to manoeuvre special equipment to the site.Residents have also complained about the sunken dredge and the government’s failure to have it moved. The channel in which the partially submerged dredge is lodged is the only avenue for transportation to the upper and middle Mazaruni.Only last month, the Natural Resources Ministry had assured that between the responsible mining operator and the MARAD, there will be an intensified effort to remove the dredge ‘Draga’ from its location in the Mazaruni River.last_img read more