Baltimore Education Advocate Jason Botel Reportedly Joining Trump’s White House as Senior Adviser

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Another Marylander has been named a top-level adviser to President Donald Trump.

Jason Botel, an education advocate from Baltimore, has been named a senior White House education adviser, according to Politico, a D.C.-based publication covering politics.

Botel started as a teacher in the Baltimore City Public Schools and later established a charter school, KIPP Ujamaa Village Academy. While he was principal, it became one of the highest-achieving middle schools in the city, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Botel most recently was executive director of MarylandCAN, a nonprofit education advocacy group. The group is the Maryland subsidiary of the national nonprofit 50CAN.

With his appointment, Botel becomes at least the third high-level advisor with Maryland connections to join the Trump White House. Developer and Baltimorean Reed Cordish this month was named assistant to the president for intragovernmental and technology initiatives. In December, retired Johns Hopkins Hospital brain surgeon Ben Carson was named head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.
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