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PRESS RELEASE

January 25, 2007

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Jeanine Blomberg Named Interim Education Commissioner

TALLAHASSEE — By unanimous vote, the State Board of Education today appointed Jeanine Blomberg as Interim Commissioner of Education effective March 1, 2007. John L. Winn will remain as Commissioner of Education until his retirement February 28.

Blomberg, 62, began her career at the Department of Education in 1976. Currently, Blomberg serves as the Chief of Staff for the Department. During her career, Blomberg has served as the Deputy Commissioner for Accountability, Research and Measurement and the Deputy Commissioner of Finance and Operations. She has extensive experience in education policy, analysis and research, and is a recognized authority on public education funding and business management practices. Blomberg has a long and distinguished record of working effectively with Florida's education community. Blomberg holds a bachelor's degree in business and is a certified public manager.