WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Former D.C. State Superindent Heads To Bush Institute

Play associated audio

After nine years in D.C., Kerri Briggs--formerly an assistant secretary of education in the Bush administration and most recently D.C.'s state superintendent of education--has returned to her home state of Texas. She's been named director of education reform for the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas.

Briggs says she'll look at what she calls the "entire cycle of being a school principal," including how they are selected, placed and evaluated. So far she says a lot of the national school reform conversation has focused on good teachers.

"That's absolutely imperative. But I think in terms of helping teachers do their jobs well, it's also really important to have strong principals. I look at these as sort of parallel and working in conjunction with each other--not as cross purposes," she says.

Briggs has been credited with helping to win a federal Race to the Top grant for D.C.'s public schools. When asked whether she thinks her new appointment would be a little more low-key after the aggressive reform effort underway in D.C., she laughed.

"It's hard to imagine it wouldn't be. I think it's just going to be different," Briggs says.

NPR

'Game Of Thrones' Finale Sunday Caps A Season Of Satisfaction

NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says HBO's most popular series soared this year with plots that moved beyond George R.R. Martin's published books.
NPR

With A Zap, Scientists Create Low-Fat Chocolate

Scientists say they've figured out how to reduce the fat in milk chocolate by running it through an electric field. The result is healthier, but is it tastier?
WAMU 88.5

Analysis Of The Last Supreme Court Decisions Of The Term

Analysis of the Supreme Court's last decisions of the term and the impact of a vacant seat on the bench.

NPR

President Obama Acknowledges 'Brexit' To Silicon Valley Crowd

President Obama delivered a speech Friday at Stanford University, and remarked on the Brexit vote in front of a crowd of young, tech-forward, pro-globalization attendees from 170 countries.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.