The NC Department of Public Instruction recently hired a new “legislative programs director,” Ann McColl. News & Observer reporter Lynn Bonner mentions that McColl is a lawyer. Unfortunately, Bonner does not identify (or seem interested in) where Ms. McColl did her lawyering. Strange.

I will fill in the blanks. McColl is the former legal counsel for the NC Association of School Administrators, an advocacy organization led by former Wake County superintendent Bill McNeal. She has also served as legal counsel and director of policy for the North Carolina School Boards Association (another advocacy organization) and was a former associate professor in the College of Education at UNC-Charlotte.