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State Superintendent of Education Briggs resigns

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is not the only major education player in the Fenty admnistration headed for the exit. State Superintendent of Education Kerri Briggs beat Rhee to the door Thursday, when she told staff and friends that she is resigning, effective today. Fenty appointed Briggs, a former Bush-era Education Dept. official, to replace Deborah A. Gist in April 2009. She helped shepherd the District's Race to the Top application to acceptance and moved to put a badly off-track effort to build central education data warehouse back on its feet.

In an e-mail to staff and friends, Briggs said: "I am very proud of these accomplishments and the hard work from all of you." She singled out chief of staff Catherine Freeman for special praise, saying she owed her a debt "I'll never be able to repay."

"Catherine has been my right hand over the past 18 months and it is only appropriate that we leave together. Friday will be our last day."

Briggs said Fenty will be appointing an interim superintendent to lead the state education agency.

By Bill Turque  | September 17, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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Now if only Rhee would follow in her footsteps.

Posted by: educationlover54 | September 17, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

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