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Obama Adviser Takes Leave From New Leaders

By Alyson Klein — September 22, 2008 1 min read

Jon Schnur, the co-founder of New Leaders for New Schools, a New York City-based nonprofit that places new principals in struggling schools, is taking a leave of absence from his job to spend more time as an unpaid adviser to Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. He announced the move in an e-mail he sent to his organization, which was posted on Alexander Russo’s This Week in Education blog.

Schnur has been a high-profile education surrogate for Obama throughout the campaign, most recently discussing Obama’s views at an education policy forum at the Aspen Institute.

Clarification: A previous version of this item suggested that Schnur had become a full-time Obama adviser. The Obama campaign e-mailed me to clarify that Schnur has no paid role with the campaign, but he helps lead its education advisory group.

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