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November 4, 2003

Frances Marine
(850) 245-0413

College Board Commends Bush Record on Education
Florida's Partnership with College Board touted as Chancellor of Community Colleges voted onto Board of Trustees

New York — Governor Jeb Bush and the Florida Department of Education today received praise from College Board Chairman Eric Smith as J. David Armstrong, Florida's Chancellor of Community Colleges, was voted onto the Board of Trustees of the College Board.

During remarks at the College Board Annual Meeting of Members 2003 Forum, Eric Smith, Chair, Board of Trustees, The College Board, said:

"Governor Bush has undertaken a massive effort to transform Florida's secondary schools through a partnership with the College Board. Florida has had terrific success with the AP program. Last year, the state experienced an astonishing 22 percent increase in AP exams taken. They have also seen a great increase in the number of students taking the SATs. This year, 61 percent of high school graduates in Florida took the SAT, and importantly, minority students comprise 42 percent of SAT-takers in Florida.

"None of this success would be possible without an entire network of support around these students. We are so grateful for the dedication of Governor Bush, the department of education, and the schools themselves."

Aimed at increasing participation in higher education and closing the achievement gap, Florida's partnership with the College Board is a vital component of Governor Bush's One Florida initiative. Last week, Education Commissioner Jim Horne and State Board of Education Chairman Phil Handy released a report entitled Update on One Florida Equity in Education Plan and Updates on the Recommendations from the One Florida Accountability Commission. A copy of the report is attached.

"Under Chancellor Armstrong's leadership, Community Colleges have contributed to our College Board partnership by mentoring low performing schools," said Education Commissioner Jim Horne. "With his experience overseeing the best Community College system in the nation, David will certainly be an asset to the College Board."

Elected and appointed by College Board member delegates, the Board of Trustees is the governing body of the College Board. Nine trustees and the chair and vice chair of the College Board are nominated by the Trustees Committee on Nominations and then are elected at the Annual Meeting of Members. Trustees generally serve four-year terms