Maureen Downey in the AJC’s “Get Schooled” Blog brings word that Kathy Cox’s Chief Of Staff will be taking a D.C. based job as well. This leaves the the top two department postions open while trying to entice the Feds to make it rain with “race to the top” cash:
Now, Georgia Department of Education Chief of Staff Stephen Pruitt today announced he will be leaving his position effective July 5 to become the director of science for Achieve, which is also based in Washington.
(With her former spokesman Dana Tofig in nearby Maryland, Cox may have her own Georgia brain trust. There could be monthly coffee sessions in the Georgetown Starbucks.)
While I wish all of these folks well and think that Washington would be an exciting place to live, I am curious what this does to Georgia’s chances for a Race to the Top grant, as both Cox and Pruitt were critical components along with the governor, who leaves office this year.
Will the feds take a chance on a whole new cast of education leaders, leaders who won’t be determined until after the November election? The grants will be awarded around September, meaning the US DOE has to gamble that it can count on the new leadership of the state DOE and the new governor
My understand from a few folks close to the situation is that the Governor is taking the “race to the top” application very seriously, and hopes to have some news soon regarding his replacement for Kathy Cox and some direction for GA DOE.