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

‘I Remain Who I Am’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has promised that no amount of unjust criticisms and disrespect to her office from the public, many of whom are young people, will compel her to change her disposition and become what she is not supposed to be. She promised to uphold those principles that had make Liberia a better society for all.The Liberian leader vowed to continue to respect the rights of others and will not change her characteristics of tolerance and understanding people’s attitudes, despite the level of disrespect and barrage of profanities directed at her office.The Liberian President was speaking at the end of a national prayer service held over the weekend at the Dominion Christian Fellowship Center on Tubman Boulevard on.Several prominent Liberians,  many of whom are religious leaders, have in recent times   raised concerns about the level of disrespect shown to authorities in Liberia, something they also said are also responsible for some of the problems that the country faces.Some of these religious leaders, including Archbishop of the Catholic Church, Lewis Ziegler, United Methodist Bishop John Innis and many  others, complained about the level of insults directed at people in leadership, especially the office of the President, by Liberians on local radio talks shows.Similar feelings were also expressed during last week’s  national prayer service by the founder of the Isaac Winker Global Ministry (IWGC), Bishop Isaac Winker.  The IWGC operates the Dominion Christian Fellowship.But President Sirleaf, in her remarks, promised to remain engaged with all those who mean good for the country and no amount of disrespect to the presidency will deter her from performing her constitutional duties. “You can be assured that whatever we do, we do it for the good of this country and my own tolerance, understanding, and respect for the rights of others will never change,” she said.Despite the seriousness of the Ebola fight, she said, there were still some elements of the Liberian society playing politics with the situation. But President Sirleaf assured the congregation that with her engagement with partners, there is now enormous international support coming to Liberia and if Liberians unite in the fight, they will soon reverse the situation.She admonished all Liberians to continue to pray and at the same time observe all the anti-Ebola measures as released by health authorities and experts.“We have to follow their advice because we want to make sure that we kick this disease out of our country, region and the world, which is concerned is beginning also to  affect them,” she said.The Liberian leader’s comments were in response to a sermon delivered by Bishop Isaac Winker in which he spoke of total disrespect to the presidency especially by the young people of Liberia.Bishop Winker said young Liberians were now using the various radio talk shows to abuse free speech and called on them to have a change in attitude.“If you wish to be a national leader tomorrow, it’s time now that you gain respect from the people by equally addressing the presidency and other national leaders with respect and dignity,” Bishop Winker told the young people.According to him, Liberians accused others of being paid agents whenever they are told the truth about the need to respect the office of the President.  He said had no  regrets for saying this as he was mandated by God to tell the Liberian people.Bishop Winker, during the sermon, delivered a special prayer for Liberia against those who, he said, are bent on preaching war in the country.  God has and will always destroy their plan, he insisted. “War mongers,” the Bishop said, “are destined for self destruction as the church will continue to pray and thank God for the ten years of uninterrupted peace that the country recently celebrated since its return to the rule of law through Presidential and Legislative elections in 2005 that brought President Sirleaf to power.”The service was the seventh edition of a national tarry organized by the church of Liberia and held at the Dominion Christian Fellowship Center of the Isaac Winker Global Ministry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more