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PRESS RELEASE

January 24, 2007

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Statement by Education Commissioner John L. Winn Regarding Florida State Board of Education Appointments

"Today Governor Charlie Crist appointed two dedicated leaders to the State Board of Education, T. Willard Fair and Dr. Akshay Desai. As we know, Mr. Fair is a devoted visionary who is committed to public education. By the same token, having served with Dr. Desai on the Florida Board of Governors, I am confident that his knowledge and experience will help the State Board of Education in its mission to help all of Florida's students achieve their full potential.

I would also like to thank F. Philip Handy, who dedicated far more time and energy than anyone I have ever known in as a volunteer public servant. He helped guide Florida education through the implementation of two education constitutional amendments. The state owes Mr. Handy much gratitude for his service."