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Former Riley Adviser Lands Washington PR Job

Terry K. Dozier, who served as former Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley's senior adviser on teaching issues, has landed at a Washington-based public relations firm. Ms. Dozier, who has joined Widmeyer Communications as senior counsel, will advise the firm's clients on education and other public-policy issues.

Since leaving the Department of Education early this year, Ms. Dozier has worked as the director of the Teacher Quality Center at Virginia Commonwealth University's Commonwealth Education Policy Institute. She will keep that position while providing consultations by phone from Richmond, Va., for Widmeyer Communications.

Under Mr. Riley, the 1985 National Teacher of the Year led the Education Department's teaching initiative, developing and putting into place a plan to improve teacher recruitment, preparation, and professional development.

—Lisa Fine

ACLU Asks Court to Block 'Minute of Silence'

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia has asked the U.S. Supreme Court for a temporary injunction to block a state law that mandates a daily minute of silence during which public school students can meditate or pray.

The 2000 Virginia law was upheld in July by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, in Richmond, Va. A panel of the court ruled 2-1 that the law was not an unconstitutional state establishment of religion.The ACLU chapter, which is representing seven families challenging the law, on Aug. 31 appealed the 4th Circuit ruling to the high court. It also asked Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist for an injunction blocking the law, which was enforced throughout the 2000-01 school year.

—Mark Walsh

Vol. 21, Issue 2, Page 30

Published in Print: September 12, 2001, as News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
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