Pennsylvania’s top education official announced that he is leaving the job

Written by on August 5, 2020

Pennsylvania’s top education official announced that he is leaving the job

By Sarah Schneider, WESA

August 5, 2020

Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera (shown here) is leaving this post in Gov. Tom Wolf’s Cabinet to take over as president of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology on Oct. 1. (Photo by Dan Zampogna/Commonwealth Media Services)

As school districts prepare to return to learning this fall, Pennsylvania’s top education official announced Tuesday that he is leaving the job. WESA’s Sarah Schneider reports Education Secretary Pedro Rivera was hired to be the president of a Technology College in Lancaster.

Rivera will remain education secretary through September. His top lieutenant Noe Ortega was nominated by Governor Tom Wolf to fill Rivera’s position. Rivera has been part of Wolf’s cabinet since his first term nearly five years ago. Before that he was a teacher and principal in the Philadelphia School District.

In a statement, Wolf praised Rivera’s efforts to adopt the current education funding formula that was intended to equitably distribute money to districts.

Ortega previously worked in the National Center for Institutional Diversity. He has led state efforts to diversify teaching ranks in Pennsylvania. Recent data show that less than 5 percent of the state’s public education teachers are people of color. I’m Sarah Schneider in Pittsburgh.

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