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Briggs Named Education Reform Director For Bush Institute

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Just weeks after resigning as D.C.'s state superintendent for education, Kerri Briggs is beginning work as director of education reform for the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Texas.

In her new position, Briggs says she will focus on principals and their role in schools: "How principals are identified, selected, trained, recruited evaluated, placed. The entire cycle of being a school principal."

Briggs says there are teachers who make great principals, but they will also look for non-traditional candidates. She wouldn't elaborate, but some have already criticized the plan, saying educators are most qualified to run schools.

Briggs has been credited with helping to win a federal Race to the Top grant for D.C.'s public schools. She previously served as an assistant secretary of education in the Bush administration.


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