Dr. James F. Lane
Dr. James F. Lane was appointed Virginia's 25th superintendent of public instruction by the Governor of Virginia, effective June 1, 2018.
As state superintendent, Dr. Lane serves as the executive officer of the Virginia Department of Education, which is the administrative agency for the commonwealth's public schools. He also serves as secretary of the state Board of Education.
Prior to his appointment as the commonwealth's chief school officer, Dr. Lane served as a division superintendent in Chesterfield County, Goochland County and Middlesex County. He was recognized as the 2017 Virginia Superintendent of the Year for his leadership in Goochland County.
Dr. Lane was one of 100 superintendents in the nation selected to attend the 2014 ConnectEd Superintendents Summit at the White House in recognition of his leadership in the use of instructional technology by his schools.
In 2015, the national Data Quality Campaign awarded its annual Flashlight award to Goochland County in recognition of the division's achievements under Lane's leadership in using data to empower educators and communicate with parents and the public.
Dr. Lane holds a doctorate in education from the University of Virginia, a master's degree in school administration from North Carolina State University, and master's and bachelor's degrees in teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Lane and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of two elementary school students in Chesterfield County
Mr. Manasevit, one of the two founding partners of Brustein and Manasevit, established a law practice that addresses the legal issues at the federal level involving public, private, elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational institutions. He worked extensively on the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and has advised and trained schools, districts, states, and the private sector on its implementation. Mr. Manasevit also has a nationally recognized reputation in the area of special education and has represented schools and districts across the country in complex special education matters. Mr. Manasevit successfully represented New Mexico in Zuni Public School District 89 v. Department of Education before the United States Supreme Court.
Dr. Lynn Sodat
Dr. Lynn Sodat provides guidance and technical assistance for Virginia's federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) programs and serves as the state lead for policy interpretation and compliance oversight for the multi-million dollar programs. She coordinates the efforts of the state's Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV, and Title V teams in their work with educators, division program coordinators, and the public. Lynn is Virginia's primary point of contact for the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) federal accountability plan. Before joining the Department eight years ago, she worked at the school division level as a teacher, assistant principal, Title I coordinator, and central office administrator.