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Gates Announces New Education Honcho

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Late on Wednesday, the Gates Foundation announced who would replace the long-departed Tom Vander Ark as chief of the education operation: Vicki Phillips, currently supe of the Portland public schools, starting in August. OK, great. Now what?
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That's a "wow!" Unlike her predecessor, she comes to the job with "been there, done that, got the tee shirt" in just about every respect in school reform except as a philanthropist. I first came across her while at NAS, but my great impression was her work in Lancaster PA, with an old college classmate turned school board chairman, the indomintable Art Dodge.

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