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PRESS RELEASE

May 4, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Winn Announces Chancellor Yecke Appointment

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner John L. Winn today announced that Governor Jeb Bush has appointed K-12 Chancellor Cheri Pierson Yecke to the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). The SREB helps government and education leaders work cooperatively to advance education plans and policies. Dr. Yecke will serve through June 30, 2009.

"I am pleased that Dr. Yecke will join Governor Bush, Rep. Ralph Arza, Dr. Susan Sailor and myself to represent Florida," said Commissioner Winn. "Her extensive policy experience will benefit this board and our state."

The SREB was formed in 1948 and is comprised of 16 states throughout the southern region of the United States. The Board collects and analyzes education data from prekindergarten through graduate programs to help member states and institutions form long-range plans, actions and policy proposals. SREB helps government and education leaders work cooperatively to advance education and, in doing so, to improve the social and economic life of the region. SREB is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization. It is supported by appropriations from its member states and by funds from private companies, foundations, and state and federal agencies.

"It is an honor to have been selected to represent Florida at SREB," said Yecke. "Our reform efforts are nation-leading and this is a great forum for sharing our successes as we learn from others. I am honored to join such a distinguished group of education leaders."

For more information about the Southern Regional Education Board, please visit www.sreb.org.