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PRESS RELEASE

December 1, 2003

Frances Marine
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Jim Horne Congratulates Two Leaders in Florida Education on Their Presidential Nominations
State Board of Education Chairman Phil Handy and Florida Center for Reading Research Director Dr. Joe Torgesen to serve on National Board for Education Sciences

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner Jim Horne today congratulated State Board of Education Chairman Phil Handy and Dr. Joseph K. Torgesen, Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University on their nomination to the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences by President George W. Bush. If confirmed by the Senate, Handy will serve a three year term and Torgesen will serve a four year term.

"I extend my congratulations to both Chairman Handy and Dr. Torgesen," said Horne. "It is a great honor to have Florida represented by these two outstanding leaders in setting education priorities at the national level."

F. Philip Handy is the Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Industries, a worldwide diversified service and manufacturing company. In August 2000 Mr. Handy was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Education Governance Reorganization Task Force; he was elected chairman of the Task Force, which was charged to recommend a plan for a smooth and timely transition to the new seamless, student centered kindergarten through graduate school system. He currently serves as Chairman of the State Board of Education.

Dr. Joseph Torgesen, currently the Robert M. Gagne Professor of Psychology and Education at Florida State University, has conducted research with children who have learning problems for 25 years, and is the author of over 160 articles, book chapters, books, and tests related to reading and l earning disabilities. In his role as Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research, he provides leadership to the Reading First initiative in Florida.

The National Board for Education Sciences serves as the Board of Directors for the Institute of Education Sciences. The Institute consists of three primary centers: the National Center for Education Research, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance.