In a surprise move, Susan Patrick, head of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology, announced July 26 that she will leave the Bush administration in August to assume control of the Virginia-based North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL).

Patrick made the decision to step down as the nation's top ed-tech administrator after less than two years on the job. "I didn't plan to leave the department," she said of her new role as president and chief executive of the nonprofit NACOL. "But this was an opportunity I just couldn't pass up."


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