The U.S. Department of Education (ED) plans to announce that Tim Magner, former deputy director of ED's Office of Educational Technology (OET), has been named the nation's top ed-tech official, eSchool News has learned.

Magner, who served as executive director of K-12 education for Microsoft Corp. before joining ED, would take the place of Susan Patrick, who left the department seven months earlier to accept a position as executive director of the Virginia-based North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL).

Though ED had not made an official announcement regarding Magner's status as of Friday


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