Michael K. Yudin
Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education
Michael K. Yudin was named Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education in July 2011. In this role, he oversees the administration of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), comprised of approximately 275 employees and charged with implementation of over 50 grant programs designed to promote academic excellence and enhance educational opportunities for elementary and secondary school students. Yudin leads efforts to help ensure equal access to services leading to improved outcomes for all children, particularly educationally disadvantaged children. In addition, he is committed to building partnerships with state and local leaders and ensuring they have the necessary technical assistance and support to improve the quality of teaching and learning in America's classrooms.
Yudin joined the U.S. Department of Education in June 2010 as the deputy assistant secretary for policy and strategic initiatives, where he served as a key advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education on the formulation and development of policy related to student achievement and school accountability, academic improvement and teacher quality, math and science, high school reform, early childhood initiatives, and Indian education.
Prior to joining the Department, Yudin spent nine years in the United States Senate, serving as legislative director for Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, senior counsel to Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, and HELP Committee counsel to Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont. In these roles, he assisted in developing, promoting, and advancing a comprehensive legislative agenda related to education, children and families, disabilities, competitiveness, and poverty. He helped draft and negotiate various pieces of legislation, including the No Child Left Behind Act, IDEA, the America Competes Act, the Higher Education Act, Head Start, Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, WIA, TANF, and Child Welfare.
Before joining the Senate, Yudin served as an attorney at the Social Security Administration and at the U.S. Department of Labor for nearly ten years. In these positions, he provided legal advice on various policy initiatives, including social security, disability, employment, and welfare reform.