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Nebraska Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Mark Schultz has been named commissioner of the rehabilitation services administration in the U.S. Department of Education.

Schultz has 34 years of experience in providing and developing disability-related services. For the past six years, he's been director of Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation, focusing on training and employment for individuals with disabilities. Before that, he was the Assistive Technology Partnership director for 20 years. He also was a barrier-free design specialist for the League of Human Dignity.

Schultz has worked to benefit Nebraskans with disabilities by fostering partnerships with public and private organizations, securing grants, and developing innovative and creative services and programs to advance the mission of the agency, according to the Nebraska Department of Education.

In 2016, he was honored as the state Education Department’s supervisor/manager of the year.

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He is a past president of the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation and a member of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act information technology steering committee.

The first member of his family to attend college, Schultz earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree in public administration from UNO.

 

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Margaret Reist is a Lincoln native, the mom of three high school graduates now navigating college and an education junkie who covers students, teachers and policymakers inside and outside the K-12 classroom.

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