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New Network 21 manager brings education technology expertise

Bindu Batchu takes the helm of Network 21: Quality Schools for Stronger Communities, after two years as technology associate for the Metropolitan Planning Council.

Network 21:  Quality Schools for Stronger Communities welcomes Bindu Batchu as its new manager.  Batchu has been technology associate with the Metropolitan Planning Council for the past two years.  In this position she worked with many Network 21 members by leading the coalition's education technology agenda.  She is also author of the 2002 report Developing an Education Technology Agenda for Illinois, which received widespread support throughout the education community and coverage in the Chicago Tribune. 

Batchu's previous responsibilities also included leading an innovative community technology program in partnership with Chicago Commons, Centers for New Horizons, Onward Neighborhood House and Street-Level Youth Media.  She also helped lead MPC's work with the City of Chicago on CivicNet and a broadband demand research study, and provided leadership to community technology centers developing policy agendas.

Batchu succeeds Leslie Lipschultz who resigned from Network 21 in January after helping build the coalition to more than 50 members.  Lipschultz also helped Network 21 achieve recognition as the leading coalition voice on education funding and quality reform in the State of Illinois.  

Contact Bindu Batchu at 312-863-6014.


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