12:39 pm June 15, 2010, by Maureen Downey
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.
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