Who is no longer at state DOE today? One surprise.

Anybody update on us on the terminations today at the state Department of Education?

I understand there was a shake-up by the incoming leadership, and some good folks are out the door. I am sorry to see anyone lose a job in this economy and I hope any former DOE staffer left without a job in the new John Barge regime finds one quickly.

This is normal procedure with a political leadership shift at a state agency. While Barge doesn’t take over DOE until Jan. 11, this early notice permits folks he doesn’t  intend to retain to get a headstart on finding new positions.

Updated: One confirmed and it’s a shocker to me, Erin Hames. She was Perdue’s policy director and went to DOE a few months ago to provide continuity with the Race to the Top grant. She played a big role in Georgia winning the grant. She is a teacher-turned-attorney, and I suspect will land a new job with ease. But her departure does surprise me.

– By Maureen Downey, AJC Get Schooled blog

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CKE

November 17th, 2010
4:21 pm

From what I have heard she is the only one.

It seems as though others were demoted. No cuts.

He still brought in his own team.

Where does the money come from if others having been taking furloughs?

Where is the Tea Party on this type of spending?

Maureen Downey

November 17th, 2010
4:22 pm

@CKE, Who’s on his team?
Maureen

An American Patriot

November 17th, 2010
4:24 pm

Mr. Barge is obviously his own man and not afraid to take on the establishment……hooray for him…..hope he shakes things up more.

OPP

November 17th, 2010
4:33 pm

Hames was ridiculously arrogant and disrespectful to both Bryant and Barge, like most of the unqualified, unprepared staffers Sonny would put in place. She was Perdue’s “send business to me after i leave office” agent and made it clear she thought little of Barge (an ed pro with demonstrably more experience than her). Good for him that he was smart enough to cut ties with the Perdue cronies and get DOE back to business.

@Maureen

November 17th, 2010
4:36 pm

Maureen,
Did the state ever get back to you with final answers about the Grad testing, specifically re: math testing for kids who are on the old curriculm?

Old Timer

November 17th, 2010
4:49 pm

Changes at the top mean changes for those of us in the trenches and probably even more paperwork…no justification other than their version of accountability.

Maureen Downey

November 17th, 2010
4:59 pm

@Maureen, Have it ready to go but am writing these updates on the DOE changes now.
Maureen

teacher&mom

November 17th, 2010
5:02 pm

Perhaps those at the DOE that embraced Perdue’s brand of school reform are on their way out??

Perhaps if Ms. Haynes had spent more than three years in the classroom, she would have recognized how damaging Perdue’s policies were…

teacher&mom

November 17th, 2010
5:11 pm

May I add… that I, too, feel for anyone that loses a job in this economy. However, where was the sympathy for the teachers that lost their jobs last spring? Anyone remember the debacle that took place in Cobb County? What about the teachers in Gwinnett county? What about the teachers in rural areas where jobs are nonexistent and any hope of selling a home to relocate is basically hopeless?

Oh wait….they were just teachers. Sorry. For a moment there I forgot I lived in the state of GA and read a paper that strives to understand education from both sides of the fence.

Maureen Downey

November 17th, 2010
5:18 pm

@Teacher&mom, I think there has been great sympathy for all who have lost jobs. On the blog here, I ran several pieces from students about the teachers they loved who lost their jobs. I’ve run pieces by teachers themselves. Our state has had thousands of residents lose jobs, some in industries that will likely never recover. Not sure it’s fair to say that there hasn’t been concern for teachers in this economic meltdown.
Maureen

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catlady

November 17th, 2010
6:29 pm

Well, perhaps they will experience what so many of the “underlings” have experienced: through no fault of their own, they are “non-renewed.” I have a feeling that they are a lot better prepared than the teachers were last spring and summer, and on those salaries have been able to “salt away” some living expenses. Also, they don’t have the “black mark” against them that so many teachers have been given, as though they had done something wrong. Most are talented people who will land on their feet. I’d be thrilled to see Mr. Barge NOT replace most of those positions, as the teachers have experienced. Let those remaining double up on their workload.

teacher&mom

November 17th, 2010
6:55 pm

Somehow the disappointment or shock that Erin Haynes was losing her job was lost on me. Erin Haynes represents the educrats that perpetuate standardized testing because it has provided her a nice, cushy position in the Perdue administration. I’m not sad for Erin Haynes. I’m not sad for Michelle Rhee or Joe Klein. In a perfect world, each of these individuals should have to teach for at least a year in an overcrowded classroom, with little to no supplies, and make the annual salary of a beginning teacher. Just make sure you remove the tape from Michelle Rhee’s classroom ☺

getyourfactsstraight

November 17th, 2010
9:05 pm

@teacher&mom, you might want to note that Erin was a teacher before moving into policy making. Check out the Governor’s website http://www.georgia.gov/00/press/detail/0,2668,78006749_160096907_160870671,00.html

td

November 17th, 2010
10:26 pm

getyourfactsstraight

November 17th, 2010
9:05 pm
@teacher&mom, you might want to note that Erin was a teacher before moving into policy making.

She was also the wife of the Governors speech writer. I met and talked to her a couple of times and she just rubbed me the wrong way.

Alex

November 18th, 2010
12:08 am

Erin Hames…..so glad she is gone. Everyone is the Department hated this witch. I suspect many more Sonny butt kissers have a similar fate coming!

Pearl

November 18th, 2010
1:55 am

Good for DOE !

teacher&mom

November 18th, 2010
8:15 am

@getyourfactstraight….I have my facts straight. Mrs. Harnes was a teacher for 3 years. Read my post at 5:02. Three years in the classroom does not make one a “expert” in education. Neither does being married to a teacher, having a parent/sibling who is an educator, or a child who is an educator.

teacher&mom

November 18th, 2010
8:31 am

@td….I didn’t realize she was married to the Governor’s speech writer. Thank you for information.

Janice

November 18th, 2010
9:49 pm

She worked for the Governor long before her husband was his speechwriter, her name is Erin Hames not Haynes or Harnes like you guys keep writing and she is one of the nicest young ladies one could hope to meet. I am sorry that your lives are so miserable that you have to call people names on an education blog to feel good about yourself. Shame on all of you.

Janice

November 18th, 2010
9:55 pm

Sorry for the typo- I am getting older and forget I need my glasses late at night! I need to just stop reading this name calling blog. It just makes me angry how rude and ugly people can be. Just stick to the facts and stop calling people names like we are kids.

Maureen Downey

November 18th, 2010
9:59 pm

@Janice, I happen to also like Erin. I don’t know her personally, but I always found her straightforward and smart. I think she believed in what she was doing and have the confidence of the governor. She was young to have the job that she did, and that speaks to her abilities.
Maureen

Alex

November 19th, 2010
7:01 am

I will connect the dots for you! Erin pushed the RTTT when the Barger said he was against it! You can’t serve two masters! She had to go. Good luck to Erin, I am certain she will end up on her feet.