2011 The Root 100
 

James H. Shelton III is the assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement at the U.S. Department of Education.

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  • James H. Shelton III

  • Former education entrepreneur who focuses on innovation, including teacher quality, school choice and learning technology programs.
  • Job: Assistant deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Education
  • Sector: Government/Politics
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Age: 44
  • Bio: Jim Shelton is the assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement, managing a portfolio that includes most of the Education Department's competitive teacher quality, school choice and learning technology programs, housed in the Office of Innovation and Improvement.A former director for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Shelton said he realizes "there have been many committed, smart, courageous people before me who have tried and not done well in improving outcomes for our kids.” President Obama called Shelton's initiative "the most meaningful reform of our public schools in a generation."Visit his website.
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