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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: JUNE 4, 2003

GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONFIRMS TAFT'S REAPPOINTMENT TO STATE BOARD

North Carolina General Assembly members this afternoon confirmed the reappointment of Kathy A. Taft to the N.C. State Board of Education for a second eight-year term. Taft, who was reappointed to the Board by Gov. Mike Easley on May 15, 2003, was originally appointed to the Board in April 1995 by Gov. Jim Hunt.

Taft, a long-time supporter of public education and former vice-chair of the Pitt County Board of Education, represents the state's First Educational District, which includes the following counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrell and Washington.

At Thursday morning's Board meeting, Justice Sara Parker will officially swear in Taft, Robert T. Speed and John A. Tate III. Speed also was appointed to the Board in May and Tate was reappointed in February.

On the Board, Taft chairs the High Student Performance Committee, which oversees issues related to curriculum and instruction as well as accountability and testing. She also serves as chair of the National Association of State Boards of Education's Governmental Affairs Committee. In addition to these positions, Taft serves as the Board's representative on a variety of boards and committees, including the NC Compliance Commission for Accountability and the NC Charter School Advisory Committee. Taft also chaired the Board's Ad Hoc Writing Committee and participated on the Textbook Reconsideration Committee.

A recent inductee into East Carolina University School of Education's Educator Hall of Fame, Taft also graduated cum laude from the University with a bachelor's degree in education. She is a founding member of the Pitt County Communities in Schools program and the member of a number of civic, service and political organizations including having served on the Executive Board of Pitt County Boys and Girls Club.

The State Board of Education is the chief education policy-making body in North Carolina and consists of the Lieutenant Governor, the State Treasurer and 11 members appointed by the Governor to serve eight-year terms. The Board meets monthly, usually on the first Wednesday and Thursday in Raleigh. For more information, please go to the following North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Web site, http://www.ncpublicschools.org/state_board

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.


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