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Briggs to head ed reform at Bush Institute

Former D.C. state superintendent of education Kerri Briggs, who left her post last month with barely a day's notice to State Board of Education members, is the new program director for education reform at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas. Briggs, who served in the Bush-era Education Department as an assistant secretary, will focus on the institute's recently announced Alliance to Reform Education Leadership, an initiative to improve the performance of school principals, according to a statement Monday.

The institute, part of a planned $300 million Bush Presidential Center on the Southern Methodist University campus, looks like a more comfortable fit for Briggs, who struggled to find her footing in a D.C. education landscape dominated by Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. She's also a native of Midland, Tex., Dubya's home town.

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By Bill Turque  | October 11, 2010; 11:41 AM ET
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Is it just me or is there something ironic (more so oxymoronic) about Bush having an institute involving education?!

Posted by: shame_the_devil | October 11, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

How does the George Bush Institute get to "Reform Educational Leadership", and who are they to decide what will "improve the performance of school principals"? The Bush team never improved anything, most especially education, and we threw them out of office.

Who decided business interests should select superintendents, in fact? What happened to elected School Boards?

It seems to me that all Briggs' experience is in awarding contracts to for-profit providers of education reform products. The Washington Post's education reporters never realized it, apparently, but that's why their bosses liked Briggs so much. She was free to award public money, secretly, to their subsidiaries like "Kaplan K12".

Now the collapse of the city's standardized test scores has revealed the hollowness of the "public-private partnership", and their claims of data-based sucess in DC. We find those "reform" products she bought are educationally toxic, especially to younger children. What does Briggs have left now, to recommend her own expertise in leadership?

Posted by: mport84 | October 11, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if she is going to promote programs like DC's New Leaders where people with only a few years teaching experience, if that, get one year of on the job training as assistant principal before becoming principals.

Posted by: letsbereal2 | October 11, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

There is absolutely no question that she is less likely to make as big of a mess as she made in DC. Now we need Colleye to get the heck out of town with her. She widely promoted a double standard in her enforcement of policies toward LEAs in the city. She failed to monitor adequately the continued mess of DCPS and special education, that is why the Department Education and the Federal Courts have the city in a bind in terms of operations.

Posted by: topryder1 | October 12, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Dear mport84-

Not sure how a President sitting for two full terms is "throwing him out of office".

Also, if the Bush education agenda did nothing- that says little for the Obama agenda, seeing as how they have not repealed one single item or at all addressed the revision to NCLB.

At this point, for Obama and education I think it is put up, or shut up. The Race to the Top is based on the same failed policy of NCLB and no true reform has taken root at 400 Maryland Ave.

Please re-direct your anger at the sitting administration!

Posted by: alsoconcerned | October 12, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

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