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