Barley Named Deputy Superintendent for Student Achievement in Nevada Department of Education

Immediate Release


Greg Bortolin
Carson City, NV - April 14, 2016

CARSON CITY, NVBrett Barley has been named Deputy Superintendent for Student Achievement in the Nevada Department of Education.

“Brett brings to this position professional experiences that span the classroom to the courthouse to the legislature,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Barley served as a Vice President for StudentsFirst where he led and managed state teams across the country and oversaw a multi-million dollar budget. StudentsFirst is a grassroots membership and advocacy organization with more than two million members. StudentsFirst state teams are focused on passing high impact education legislation in state legislatures and through the regulatory process.

Barley’s professional background includes serving in the Santa Clara County, Calif., District Attorney’s Office where he worked on gang and juvenile justice related issues. He began his career as a teacher in the Alum Rock Union School District in San Jose, Calif., where he taught fourth grade in a high poverty and high English Language Learner school. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from University of San Diego.

“After having worked in 18 states the past four years to pass laws in state capitals I can say with confidence that Nevada has done more to transform the education policy landscape than any state in the country,” Barley said. “Nevada has the potential to be the next great American education success story and I look forward to working with the Nevada Department of Education to write that story.”