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Top FLDOE spokeswoman to depart

For about two years (is that some sort of record?), Jennifer Fennell has led the Florida DOE's communications department, making changes that we reporters at the Gradebook can attest were for the better when it came to getting information from the department that hasn't always been known for its openness, Sunshine Law or not.

Now Fennell is headed back to the private sector. "I've enjoyed my time with the department, but I am looking forward to something that will give me more flexibility and time with my family," Fennell said. Her last day with the state is Wednesday, and then she will join CoreMessage, the Tallahassee PR firm run by former Jeb Bush adviser Cory Tilley and populated by folks like former Jeb spokeswoman Elizabeth Hirst and former Charlie Crist spokeswoman Vivian Myrtetus.

That's good news for Fennell, her husband and 8-month-old son. We can only hope that her spirit of helpfulness remains behind at the Florida Department of Education.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:42am]


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