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Thursday Churn: New finance chief


What’s churning:

As Colorado school districts face their second straight year of significant budget cuts, there is a new school finance point person at the Colorado Department of Education.

Leanne Emm this week was named assistant commissioner of public school finance, succeeding the long-serving and well-respected Vody Herrmann. Emm has been interim finance director since mid-January, when Herrmann announced her retirement.

Emm has a long background in finance, having worked for the Jeffco schools for 14 years before joining CDE. Prior to that, she worked for the Jefferson County Public Libraries and the city of Sheridan. Last year, she completed her master’s degree in public administration at the University of Colorado Denver, with an emphasis in school finance.

What’s on tap:

The University of Colorado Board of Regents start a two-day meeting at the Anschutz Medical Campus, Research Complex 2, Room 2100. Agenda.

Good reads from elsewhere:

For-profit: Charter schools outsource education to management firms, with mixed results. ProPublica.