Tonya Kinlow, the newly appointed Ombuds Public Education for the District of Columbia, has established an office, hired two assistant ombuds and staff, established a webpage and started taking calls. In her first months of the job, Kinlow has also been talking with other Ombuds to learn more about the role as well as meeting with education officials and community groups. According to an initial report to the D.C. Council and the mayor, the Ombuds received 40 inquiries for assistance in December 2007. But Kinlow is hoping that the workload picks up once the public knows more about her office. (Washington Post; Ombuds for Public Education Website.)
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