Acting Director, Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs
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Mr. Paul (Sandy) Brown is the Acting Director for the Department of Education’s Student Achievement and School Accountability (SASA) program office in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. SASA is responsible for administering Title I, Part A Grants to Local Educational Agencies, Title III English Acquisition State Grants, the State Agency Neglected and Delinquent program, the State Assessment Grant program, the Enhanced Assessment Grant program, and the McKinney-Vento Program for Homeless Children and Youth. The budgets for the Federal programs SASA administers total over $15.6 billion annually. These programs provide financial assistance to States, school districts, and schools to meet the educational needs of children who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet challenging academic standards established by the State. Students served include at-risk children who are from low-income families and in neglected and delinquent institutions, as well as homeless children, and English language learners.
Sandy’s career in government started in 1975 when he joined the staff of the first elected City Council for the District of Columbia under D.C. Home Rule as an executive and legislative assistant. He came to the Department of Education in 1978 where he served as a program and budget analyst in the Department’s Budget Service for 14 years working on a variety of elementary and secondary, vocational, and adult education issues. In 1992 Sandy came to Compensatory Education Programs, which later became SASA, where he served as a program analyst focusing on fiscal and allocation issues, a group leader for policy coordination, and, most recently, the Acting Deputy Director.
Sandy earned a B.A. in 1970 from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. After military service in the U.S. Army, where he served in Vietnam, he attended the American University’s School of International Service in Washington, D.C. earning an M.A. in International Studies in 1974.
Sandy lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with his wife, Suzanne, and has a son and a daughter.