I got a call last week from Elliot Regenstein, the governor's now-former education advisor, to let me know that it was his last day. He's headed back into the private sector, as they say -- back to lawyering -- after a roughly two year stint doing all sorts of things, from early childhood to district consolidation to that plan the governor laid out to keep Meeks out of the election.
There are many who view Regenstein and others like him -- noneducators, short-timers, gringos -- as unhelpful when it comes to school reform. (I call it the TFA argument, since that's what people often say about TFAers.) And indeed there are some disadvantages to having folks jump in and out of making education policy (and teaching). But enough of them stay -- Regenstein is remaining on an early learning advisory board -- and sometimes their smarts and energy seem to make it worth it over all.
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