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Governors' Organization Names New Education Official

Richard Laine, who most recently served as director of education at the Wallace Foundation, is moving into a top position on school issues at the National Governors Association.

The NGA has played an active and influential role for years in shaping state education policy, most recently in pushing for the adoption of common academic standards.

Laine will serve as director of the education division in NGA's Center for Best Practices. The post was most recently held by Dane Linn, who announced late last year that he was taking a position at the College Board.

Before working at the Wallace Foundation, Laine had stints as director of state policy and initiatives at the Illinois Business Roundtable; associate superintendent for policy, planning and resource management at the Illinois Board of Education; and the executive director at the Coalition for Educational Rights. (He also served on Ed Week's Quality Counts technical advisory committee back in 2008.)

He will begin work with NGA on March 12.

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