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Pennsylvania Education Secretary to resign, replacement named

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Governor Tom Wolf currently introduced that Office of Instruction Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega will resign his position with the commonwealth on April 29. 

The governor also introduced his intention to name Eric Hagarty to serve as Performing Secretary.

“Noe is a committed advocate for all students and I’m grateful for his assistance to our commonwealth,” Gov. Wolf claimed. “He led the section by means of unparalleled moments, guaranteeing a harmless return to in-human being understanding and giving obtain to COVID-19 screening and vaccines. His profitable endeavours to diversify our educator workforce and increase possibilities for pupils to get hold of postsecondary education and learning opportunities will without doubt continue on to influence our learners for many years to appear.”

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Prior to Secretary, Ortega served as the Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for the Office environment of Postsecondary and Higher Instruction (OPHE) at PDE. The Wolf administration did not immediately announce the rationale at the rear of Dr. Ortega’s resignation.

“It has been a incredible honor to lead the Office of Education throughout an unparalleled moment in the historical past of the commonwealth and I am very proud of the accomplishments designed and the resiliency shown by the PDE crew all over my tenure,” Secretary Ortega reported. “Thank you, Governor Wolf, for the opportunity to direct the section. Jointly, we worked tirelessly to make sure that each learner in Pennsylvania has entry to a superior-high-quality and equitable instructional option.”

Dr. Ortega is the second member of the Wolf administration to resign this 7 days subsequent the resignation of the Department of Wellness Performing Secretary Keara Klinepeter on April 18 as she prepares for the beginning of her initially youngster.

Subsequent Secretary Ortega’s departure, Hagarty will provide in the acting posture. Hagarty at the moment serves as Governor Wolf’s Deputy Main of Workers dependable for utilizing the governor’s priorities and insurance policies relating to education and learning, including the historic “Level Up” application to make investments more in Pennsylvania’s most chronically underfunded educational institutions, the COVID-19 vaccine initiative for teachers and the risk-free return to in-human being studying, the initially regulatory reforms to Pennsylvania’s charter university program, and generational investments in the Pennsylvania State Procedure of Bigger Instruction (PASSHE).

“It has been an honor working carefully with Governor Wolf since the start of his administration and with Secretary Ortega as nicely as previous Training Secretary Pedro Rivera for the previous numerous many years. I’m committed to continuing to assist the governor for the remainder of his administration and to ensuring that his priorities for our instruction system are executed, from pre-K to greater education as very well as the libraries that serve as the bedrock of many communities. I look forward to working even a lot more intently with the tough-doing work and committed personnel at the Department of Training,” Hagarty stated. “Thank you, Governor Wolf and Secretary Ortega, for your management and for your commitment to our commonwealth’s learners and educators.”

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