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On February 22, 2023, Secretary Cardona notified Congress of his intention to move the administrative functions of State-administered grants under Title III, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) to the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA). Read more about it here:

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Beatriz Ceja-Williams

We are thrilled to announce Beatriz Ceja-Williams as the new Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) at the U.S. Department of Education. She has served at the Department of Education for over 20 years in various capacities. Most recently, Ceja-Williams was the Senior Director for Institutional Service (IS) in the Office of Postsecondary Education at the Department where she was responsible for the Divisions that administer the discretionary and formula grant programs to Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, Predominately Black Serving Institutions, and other minority serving institution programs. Prior to that she was the Division Director for Hispanic Serving Institutions. Please join us in welcoming her to OELA. Beatriz Ceja-Williams shared a video on her journey. Click here to watch: U.S. Department of Education on LinkedIn: #hispanicheritagemonth | 16 comments

Last Modified: 02/07/2024