DCPS general counsel departs
My colleague Ed O'Keefe at the Federal Eye reports a new high-level exit from the D.C. Public Schools senior leadership team. General Counsel James Sandman, part of the senior management circle assembled by former chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, has been named president of Legal Services Corporation.
Sandman, recruited by Rhee in 2007 from Arnold & Porter, was not a high-profile public figure. But he was a source of important legal advice for Rhee on a range of issues, including last summer's collective bargaining agreement with the Washington Teachers' Union.
Last month, DCPS Chief Operating Officer Anthony Tata announced that he had accepted the superintendency of the Wake County, N.C., school system. Rhee and interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson both said in October that senior DCPS management had agreed to stay on until the end of the current school year.
Sandman has a long history of involvement in pro bono legal work. At Legal Services, he will preside over an organization that supports 136 independent nonprofit legal aid programs with more than 900 offices across the country.
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