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Former Teach for America executive appointed to Florida Board of Education



Gov. Rick Scott has appointed a former Teach for America executive to replace Kathleen Shanahan on the Florida Board of Education.

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, who led TFA in Miami-Dade County from 2008-2012, would take over when Shanahan's term expires at the end of December. Shanahan, a close ally of former governor Jeb Bush, is not eligible to serve a third term on the board.

In recent months, Shanahan has sounded the alarm that the state faces a crisis in its education accountability system, a position that chairman Gary Chartrand (a Scott appointee) has rejected. No word yet on where Lipsey would fall in this debate.

She said in a statement, "As a life-long educator, I am deeply committed to what is best for children and could not be more humbled to bring my experience to the table.  Having worked closely with principals, parents, educators and students from diverse backgrounds, I know that it is possible for all students to succeed."

Teachers from traditional training ranks have occasionally called for representation at the State Board, but have not made much headway.

See the governor's press release here.

[Last modified: Monday, September 23, 2013 12:03pm]


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