BESE’S Next Executive Director – From the Advocate

BESE to consider hiring
Capitol news bureau

The policy director of a Seattle education advocacy group is in line to become the next executive director of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Heather Cope, an official with the League of Education Voters, is set to be recommended to the 11-member board next week, said Penny Dastugue, president of the panel.

Cope would succeed Catherine Pozniak, who took the job 18 months ago, and will be BESE’s fifth executive director in the past four years.

BESE sets policies for about 700,000 public school students statewide. The executive director is responsible for administrative and fiscal operations of the board office.

Dastugue said Cope brings both administrative and legislative lobbying experience to the job.

Cope is a former teacher and reporter, according to the group’s website.

She has a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from the University of Washington and a degree in teaching from Pace University. The organization calls itself an advocate of systemic changes in public schools, including tougher classroom standards, better funding of public schools and effective accountability policies.

BESE is set to consider Cope’s hiring during a meeting on Wednesday at 10:45 a.m.

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