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New leadership



Florida's Voluntary Pre-k program has a new face heading up the Agency for Workforce Innovation side of the operation.

Brittany Birken, who has worked for the agency's early learning division for two years, has been named interim director while the agency seeks a permanent leader. She was introduced to the State Board of Education this week as the "interim Gladys."

Gladys is Gladys Wilson, the 30-year educator who headed the state's school readiness division before taking on the brand new VPK system in 2005. But now Wilson has moved on to Colorado, where she is president and CEO of an early education firm called Qualistar.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:24am]


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