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Getting to Know ED

by Mark Drozdowski

IT’S OFFICIALLY KNOWN as the U.S. Department of Education, but it prefersthe simple moniker “Ed.” Recently I visited Ed’s on-line pad, http://www.ed.gov>, to see what he has to offer. After all, I pay Ed’s salary. Those unfamiliar with Ed might think he’s a bit stuffy, but he’s actually rather approachable. To be sure, Ed sometimes mixes friendly tones with detached bureauspeak, but he makes his vast array of goodies readily accessible. Let’s step inside and have a look.

Who is Ed?

Ed’s a busy guy, but at least he has a capable Secretary who seems to have major responsibilities. This Secretary plays a “leadership role in the ongoing national dialogue over how to improve the results of our education system for all students.” This includes “raising national and community awareness of the education challenges confronting the Nation, disseminating the latest discoveries on what works in teaching and learning, and helping communities work out solutions to difficult educational issues.”

Ed’s also responsible for administering programs that “cover every area of education and range from preschool education through postdoctoral research.”

Ed’s Home Page

Ed presents his home page logically, with easy links arranged for students, parents, teachers and

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