Update: Brookings Responds Re Ravitch, Romney
Word from Christine Jacobs, communications officer with Governance Studies at Brookings, is that Ravitch's removal had nothing to do with her views on Romney or anything else, and that Brookings is fine with Whitehurst working on the Romney campaign as an advisor:
"On an annual basis, Brookings reviews the appointments of its nonresident senior fellows. Last April, Diane Ravitch’s appointment was among three that were reviewed by the Governance Studies program and ended because, in each case, the fellows had little contact with the program and were not involved in programmatic activities. Their scholarly views had no bearing in the decision.
"As you know, Brookings is a nonpartisan institution that welcomes the free exchange of ideas. Many Brookings experts in their personal capacities often serve as policy advisors to candidates and officials of both parties, in and out of government. Russ Whitehurst’s role as an advisor to the Romney campaign is in keeping with long-established policies at Brookings."
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