[United States Government Manual]
[June 01, 2005]
[Pages 200-207]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office, www.gpo.gov]

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400 Maryland Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20202

Phone, 800-USA-LEARN (toll free). Internet, www.ed.gov.
SECRETARY OF EDUCATION                            Margaret Spellings
    Chief of Staff                                David Dunn
    Director, Office of Public Affairs            D.J. Nordquist, Acting
    General Counsel                               Kent Talbert, Acting
    Inspector General                             John P. Higgins, Jr.
    Assistant Secretary for Legislation           (vacancy)
            and Congressional Affairs
    Assistant Secretary for                       Laurie M. Rich
            Intergovernmental and 
            Interagency Affairs
    Deputy Secretary                              Raymond Simon
        Chief Financial Officer                   Jack Martin
        Chief Information Officer                 William Leidinger
        Assistant Secretary for                   William Leidinger
        Assistant Secretary for Civil             Kenneth Marcus, Acting
        Chief Operating Officer for               Theresa A. Shaw
                Federal Student Aid
    Under Secretary                               Edward R. McPherson
        Director, Institute of Education          Grover J. Whitehurst
        Assistant Secretary for                   Raymond Simon
                Elementary and Secondary 
        Assistant Secretary for                   Sally Stoup
                Postsecondary Education
        Assistant Secretary for Special           John Hager
                Education and 
                Rehabilitative Services
        Assistant Secretary for                   Susan Sclafani
                Vocational and Adult 
        Director, Office of English               (vacancy)
                Language Acquisition, 
                Language Enhancement, 
                and Academic Achievement 
                for Limited English 
                Proficient Students
        Deputy Under Secretary, Office            Deborah Price
                of Safe and Drug Free 
        Deputy Under Secretary, Office            Nina Shokraii Rees
                of Innovation and 


The Department of Education establishes policy for, administers, and 
coordinates most Federal assistance to education. Its mission is to 
ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence 
throughout the Nation.

The Department of Education was created by the Department of Education 
Organization Act (20 U.S.C. 3411) and is administered under the 
supervision and direction of the Secretary of Education.
Secretary  The Secretary of Education advises the President on education 
plans, policies, and programs of the Federal Government and serves as 
the chief executive officer of the Department, coordinating and 
overseeing all

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Department activities, providing support and encouragement to States and 
localities on matters related to education, and focusing the resources 
of the Department and the attention of the country on ensuring equal 
access to education and promoting educational excellence throughout the 


Institute of Education Sciences  The Institute of Education Sciences was 
formally established by Education Sciences Reform Act 2002. The 
Institute includes national education centers focused on research, 
statistics, and evaluation, and is the mechanism through which the 
Department supports the research activities needed to improve education 
policy and practice.
Elementary and Secondary Education  The Office of Elementary and 
Secondary Education directs, coordinates, and formulates policy for the 
Department's activities relating to early childhood, elementary, and 
secondary education. Included are grants and contracts to State 
educational agencies and local school districts, postsecondary schools, 
and nonprofit organizations for the education of disadvantaged, migrant, 
and Indian children; enhancement of State student achievement assessment 
systems; improvement of reading instruction; impact aid; technology; and 
after-school learning programs. The Office also focuses on providing 
children with the readiness skills and support they need in early 
childhood so they are ready to learn when they enter school, and on 
improving the quality of teachers and other instructional staff.
English Language Acquisition  The Officeof English Language Acquisition, 
Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English 
Proficient Students provides national leadership in promoting high-
quality education and academic success for the Nation's population of 
English language learners.
Federal Student Aid  Federal Student Aid (FSA) manages and administers 
the postsecondary student financial assistance programs authorized under 
Title IV of the Higher Education Act 1965. These programs include the 
William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, Federal Family Education Loan, 
Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, 
Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study, Leveraging Educational 
Assistance Partnership, and Special Leveraging Educational Assistance 
Partnership Programs. These programs also represent Federal student aid 
for education beyond high school, providing over $69 billion in total 
new aid to almost 10 million students and families in fiscal year 2004. 
FSA also manages or oversees approximately $357 billion in oustanding 
loans for approximately 24 million borrowers.
Innovation and Improvement  The Office of Innovation and Improvement 
(OII) oversees competitive grantprograms that support the trial of 
innovations in the educational system and disseminates the lessons 
learned from these trials. OII administers, coordinates, and recommends 
policy for improving the quality of programs and activities designed to 
support and test innovations throughout the K-12 system in areas such as 
alternate routes to certification, traditional teaching of American 
history, dropout prevention, and arts in education. The Office also 
encourages the establishment of charter schools through planning, start-
up funding, and approaches to credit enhancement for charter school 
facilities. The expansion of parental options and information is 
encouraged through alternatives including magnet schools, public school 
choice, and nonpublic education, and by working with community 
organizations to inform parents of their options. In this role, the 
Office serves as the Department's liaison and resource to the nonpublic 
educational community. In addition, OII oversees the Family Policy 
Compliance Office and manages the Fund for the Improvement of Education.
Postsecondary Education  The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) 
formulates Federal postsecondary education policy and administers

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programs that address critical national needs in support of their 
mission to increase access to quality postsecondary education. To 
increase access to postsecondary education, OPE develops policy for 
Federal student financial programs and support programs that reach out 
to low-income, first-generation college students and communities. OPE 
also supports programs that strengthen the capacity of colleges and 
universities serving a high percentage of disadvantaged students and 
improve teacher quality. OPE recognizes accrediting agencies that 
monitor academic quality, promote innovation in higher education, and 
improve and expand American educational resources for international 
studies and services.
Safe and Drug-Free Schools  The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools 
(OSDFS) administers, coordinates, and recommends policy for improving 
drug and violence prevention programs. OSDFS, in partnership with State 
and local educational agencies and public and private nonprofit 
organizations, supports and provides funding for efforts to create safe 
schools, respond to crises, prevent drug and alcohol abuse, ensure the 
health and well-being of students, and teach students good citizenship 
and character. The Office coordinates Department efforts in these areas 
with other Federal agencies and also leads the Department of Education's 
homeland security efforts. OSDFS also participates in the formulation 
and development of program policy, legislative proposals, and developing 
administration policies related to violence and drug prevention. The 
Office drafts program regulations, advises the Secretary on the 
formulation of comprehensive school health education policy, and 
develops a national researchagenda with other Federal agencies. OSDFS 
also administers the Department's character, citizenship, and civic 
education programs; gives guidance on correctional education issues; and 
provides financial assistance to States and local entities implementing 
correctional education programs.
Special Education and Rehabilitative Services  The Office of Special 
Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) provides leadership to 
ensure that people with disabilities have services, resources, and equal 
opportunities to learn, work, and live as fully integrated, contributing 
members of society. OSERS supports programs that serve millions of 
children, youth, and adults with disabilities. It coordinates the 
activities of the Office of Special Education Programs in administering 
IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act), 
which works to help States provide quality early intervention services 
and educational opportunities to help infants, toddlers, children, and 
youth with disabilities achieve their goals. OSERS supports State 
vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs that give 
people with disabilities the education, job training, and job placement 
services they need to gain meaningful employment and independent lives. 
It supports research and technological programs that are crafting 
blueprints for a barrier-free, inclusive society. OSERS supports 
Gallaudet University, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the 
American Printing House for the Blind, and the Helen Keller National 
Vocational and Adult Education  The Office of Vocational and Adult 
Education administers grant, contract, and technical assistance programs 
for vocational-technical education and for adult education and literacy.
Regional Offices  Each regional office serves as a center for the 
dissemination of information and provides technical assistance to State 
and local educational agencies and other institutions and individuals 
interested in Federal educational activities. Offices are located in 
Boston, MA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; 
Dallas, TX; Kansas City, MO; Denver, CO; San Francisco, CA; and Seattle, 

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Federally Aided Corporations

Printing House 
for the Blind

P.O. Box 6085, Louisville, KY 40206

Phone, 502-895-2405. Internet, www.aph.org.
President                                         Tuck Tinsley III
Chairman of the Board                             W. James Lintner, Jr.


The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) produces and distributes 
educational materials adapted for students who are legally blind and 
enrolled in formal educational programs below the college level. 
Materials produced by APH include textbooks in braille and large type, 
educational tools such as braille typewriters and microcomputer software 
and hardware, teaching aides such as tests and performance measures, and 
other special supplies. The materials are distributed through allotments 
to the States to programs serving individuals who are blind.

For further information, contact the American Printing House for the 
Blind, P.O. Box 6085, Louisville, KY 40206. Phone, 502-895-2405. 
Internet, www.aph.org.


800 Florida Avenue NE., Washington, DC 20002

Phone, 202-651-5000. Internet, www.gallaudet.edu.
President, Gallaudet University                   I. King Jordan
Chairman, Board of Trustees                       Glenn B. Anderson


Gallaudet University received its Federal charter in 1864 and is 
currently authorized by the Education of the Deaf Act of 1986, as 
amended. Gallaudet is a private, nonprofit education institution 
providing elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and continuing education 
programs for persons who are deaf. The University offers a traditional 
liberal arts curriculum for students who are deaf, and graduate programs 
in fields related to deafness for students who are deaf and students who 
are hearing. Gallaudet also conducts a wide variety of basic and applied 
deafness research and provides public service programs for persons who 
are deaf and for professionals who work with persons who are deaf.
     Gallaudet University is accredited by a number of accrediting 
bodies, among which are the Middle States Association of Colleges and 
Secondary Schools, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher 
Education, and the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools 
and Programs for the Deaf.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center  Gallaudet's Laurent Clerc 
National Deaf Education Center operates two Federally funded elementary 
and secondary education programs on the main campus of the University--
the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School and the Model Secondary 
School for the Deaf. These programs are authorized by the Education of 
the Deaf Act of 1986 (20 U.S.C. 4304, as amended October 7, 1998) for 
the primary purpose of developing, evaluating, and disseminating model 
curricula, instructional techniques and strategies, and materials that 
can be used in a variety of educational environments serving individuals 
throughout the Nation who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Education of 
the Deaf Act requires

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the programs to include students preparing for postsecondary 
opportunities other than college and students with a broad spectrum of 
needs, such as students who are lower achieving academically, come from 
non-English-speaking homes, have secondary disabilities, are members of 
minority groups, or are from rural areas.
Model Secondary School for the Deaf  The school was established by act 
of October 15, 1966 (20 U.S.C. 693), which was superseded by the 
Education of the Deaf Act of 1986. The school provides day and 
residential facilities for secondary aged students from across the 
United States from grades 9 to 12, inclusively.
Kendall Demonstration Elementary School  The school became the Nation's 
first demonstration elementary school for the deaf by act of December 
24, 1970 (20 U.S.C. 695). This act was superseded by the Education of 
the Deaf Act of 1986. The school is a day program serving students from 
the Washington, DC, metropolitan area from the age of onset of deafness 
to age 15, inclusively, but not beyond the eighth grade or its 

For further information, contact the Public Relations Office, Gallaudet 
University, 800 Florida Avenue NE., Washington, DC 20002. Phone, 202-
651-5505. Internet, www.gallaudet.edu.


2400 Sixth Street NW., Washington, DC 20059

Phone, 202-806-6100. Internet, www.howard.edu.
President                                         H. Patrick Swygert


Howard University was established by act of March 2, 1867 (14 Stat. 
438). It offers instruction in 12 schools and colleges, as follows: the 
colleges of arts and sciences; dentistry; engineering, architecture, and 
computer sciences; medicine; pharmacy, nursing, and allied health 
sciences; the graduate school; the schools of business; communications; 
divinity; education; law; and social work. In addition, Howard 
University has research institutes, centers, and special programs in the 
following areas: cancer, child development, computational science and 
engineering, international affairs, sickle cell disease, and the 
national human genome project.

For further information, contact the Office of University 
Communications, Howard University, 2400 Sixth Street NW., Washington, DC 
20059. Phone, 202-806-0970. Internet, www.howard.edu.

Institute for 

Suite 730, 1775 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20006

Phone, 202-233-2025
Director                                          Sandra L. Baxter, 


The National Institute for Literacy leads the national effort towards a 
fully literate America. By building and strengthening national, 
regional, and State literacy infrastructures, the Institute fosters 
collaboration and innovation. Its goal is to ensure that all Americans 
with literacy needs receive the high-quality education and basic skills 
services necessary to

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achieve success in the workplace, family, and community.

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Rochester Institute of Technology

52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

Phone, 716-475-6853 (voice/TDD). Internet, www.ntid.edu.
President, Rochester Institute of Technology      Albert J. Simone
Vice President, National Technical Institute for  T. Alan Hurwitz
        the Deaf


The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) was established by 
act of June 8, 1965 (20 U.S.C. 681) to promote the employment of persons 
who are deaf, by providing technical and professional education. The 
National Technical Institute for the Deaf Act was superseded by the 
Education of the Deaf Act of 1986 (20 U.S.C. 4431, as amended October 7, 
1998). The Department of Education maintains a contract with the 
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) for the operation of a 
residential facility for postsecondary technical training and education 
for individuals who are deaf. The purpose of the special relationship 
with the host institution is to provide NTID and its students access to 
more facilities, institutional services, and career preparation options 
than could be otherwise provided by a national technical institute for 
the deaf standing alone.
    NTID offers a variety of technical programs at the certificate, 
diploma, and associate degree levels. Degree programs include majors in 
business, engineering, science, and visual communications. In addition, 
NTID students may participate in approximately 200 educational programs 
available through the Rochester Institute of Technology. Students who 
are deaf that enroll in NTID or RIT programs are provided a wide range 
of support services and special programs to assist them in preparing for 
their careers, including tutoring, counseling, note-taking, 
interpreting, specialized educational media, cooperative work 
experience, and specialized job placement. Both RIT and NTID are 
accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary 
    NTID also conducts applied research in occupational- and employment-
related aspects of deafness, communication assessment, the demographics 
of NTID's target population, and learning processes in postsecondary 
education. In addition, NTID conducts training workshops and seminars 
related to deafness. These workshops and seminars are offered to 
professionals throughout the Nation who employ, work with, teach, or 
otherwise serve persons who are deaf.

For further information, contact the Rochester Institute of Technology, 
National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Department of Recruitment and 
Admissions, Lyndon Baines Johnson Building, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, 
Rochester, NY 14623-5604. Phone, 716-475-6700. Internet, www.ntid.edu.

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Sources of Information

Inquiries on the following information may be directed to the specified 
office, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
Contracts and Small Business Activities  Call or write the Office of 
Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. Phone, 202-245-6301.
Employment  Inquiries and applications for employment, and inquiries 
regarding the college recruitment program, should be directed to the 
Human Resources Group. Phone, 202-401-0553.
Organization  Contact the Executive Office, Office of Management. Phone, 
202-401-0690. TDD, 202-260-8956.

For further information, contact the Information Resources Center, 
Department of Education, Room 5E248 (FB-6), 400 Maryland Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20202. Phone, 800-USA-LEARN. Internet, www.ed.gov.