Pence ed adviser to head Richard M Fairbanks Foundation
- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's top education adviser, Claire Fiddian-Green, is leaving her post to head the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation now that Pence has done away with his Center for Education and Career Innovation.
- As the special assistant for education innovation, Fiddian-Green was co-leader of the center, which was created as a "secondary education agency" in 2013 as part of what many have seen as an attempt to grab power from Democratic state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz.
- One of the groups funded by the Fairbanks Foundation is The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based, pro-charter school ed reform organization that Fiddian-Green previously served as president of.
Pence announced last week that he would dissolve the Center for Education and Career Innovation, a decision made largely to improve relations with Ritz — and also, likely, to appease legislators, who threatened "action nobody will like" if the squabbling didn't improve. When it was created, the center grabbed control of the Indiana Career Council, the Regional Works Councils, the Education Roundtable, the State Board of Education, and the Indiana Network of Knowledge from Ritz.
The center's other co-leader, Special Assistant for Career Innovation Jackie Dowd, is set to become the Indiana Department of Workforce Development's chief operating officer.
- Miami Herald Top Pence education adviser taking foundation job
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