Word is that Brad Bryant, state board of education member from DeKalb, will be named interim state school chief in the wake of Kathy Cox’s resignation to take a job heading a think tank. Brad is a smart guy and has worked very hard on education.
If he is the choice, Georgia schools are in good hands. Gov. Perdue made a great choice if this turns out to be true.
Now, will Brad run for the seat as an independent?
I have asked Perdue spokesman Bert Brantley to confirm and he sent me an e-mail that he is sitting on the beach on vacation. I told him in that case, he ought to throw his Blackberry in the ocean and relax, but not until he sends one final e-mail to me with either a yes or no. Still waiting for that response.
I just heard back from Matt Cardoza at DOE, who, it turns out, is also on vacation this week. He said he has not heard anything.
And I have a call into Brad.
Update: It is now four hours later and I am still waiting for official confirmation. The AP has just come out with a story saying it is a fact, but there is no named source in the story. I am certain now from the unnamed sources that Brad Bryant has the job, but would love to hear it from him or the governor.