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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: JULY 10, 2002


Eddie Davis, III, who is currently serving as vice president of the North Carolina Association of Educators, has been tapped to succeed Dr. Bob Bridges as chairman of the North Carolina Advisory Commission on Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps. The announcement was made by State Superintendent Mike Ward at today's meeting of the State Board of Education.

"Our schools will never be first in America in education until we close achievement gaps between groups of students," Ward said. "As a former teacher and State Board member, Eddie Davis brings a wealth of classroom experience and state policy leadership perspective to the Commission. He is a very capable successor to Dr. Bridges." Superintendent Ward expressed his gratitude to Dr. Bridges for serving as the Commission's first chairman and for providing strong direction for the group to follow.

"I think Eddie is an excellent choice to continue the work of the Commission. He brings both experience and a passion for the task. Excellent leadership will result," Former Advisory Commission Chairman Dr. Bob Bridges said. "Priorities in my personal family at this point are such that I just don't have the time to devote to this Commission. The work of the Commission is so critical that it demands a chairman who can make it a top priority."

Davis, who served on the State Board of Education from 1993 - 2001, is a member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and recently served on the National Test Panel. He also is a former English teacher at Hillside High School in Durham and a former member of the Executive Committee of the National Education Association. He's been recognized as both "Tarheel of the Week" by the News and Observer and "Citizen of the Year" by the Independent. He's active in the work of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People and the People's Alliance of Durham.

For more information, please contact Marvin Pittman, senior assistant to the State Superintendent, NC DPI, 919.807.3441.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.