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Briggs to Bush Institute, Polis Aide to Senate Committee

Kerri Briggs, who served as the assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education under President George W. Bush, is now serving as the new program director of education reform for the George W. Bush Institute (which recently launched a big principal training initiative.)

After leaving the department, Briggs served as state superintendent for the Washington, D.C. public schools, where she worked on the district's successful Race to the Top application. While serving in the department, Briggs helped implement the No Child Left Behind Act and she'll continue to work on "reform-based principles of accountability" at the Bush Institute, according to a statement.

And advocates told me that the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee recently hired Spiros Protopsaltis. Protopsaltis previously worked for Rep. Jared Polis, D-Col., who recently introduced a bill authorizing Race to the Top. While on Polis' staff, Protopsaltis worked on a range of K-12 issues, including adolescent literacy.

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