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November 30, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg to Retire

TALLAHASSEE – Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg will retire from the Florida Department of Education today following more than three decades of service to Florida's education system.

“It was an honor to serve as Commissioner of Education,” said Commissioner Blomberg. “Florida has dedicated teachers, staff and administrators who work each and every day ensuring that student achievement is the priority. For that, I am thankful to have worked side-by-side with so many of them as we continue to lead our state in gaining the highest levels in education.”

Blomberg was appointed Commissioner of Education by a unanimous vote of the State Board of Education in January 2007 after serving as Chief of Staff to then Education Commissioner John Winn.

“Jeanine Blomberg’s commitment to improving the lives of Florida students is clearly evident in the many years she has devoted to our education system,” said Governor Charlie Crist. “She has been a champion of increased academic success for all students and has worked tirelessly to expand the transparency of our accountability system. Her dedication to students and strength of character serve as a role model for us all.”

Under Commissioner Blomberg’s tenure, the Department addressed the variations in the 2006 FCAT third grade reading results and launched an external advisory group to review and analyze Florida’s assessment tool. The Department also launched the Web site that enables the general public to check if disciplinary action has been taken against a Florida educator’s certificate. Other milestones include establishing kindergarten readiness rates and assisting with unveiling the Ready To Work program, which provides job skill assessment-based training and credentials for students and adult learners.

“I am immensely grateful for the more than 30 years of service that Jeanine has contributed to Florida's children, parents and educators," said State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair. "Her steadfast commitment to student achievement, clear devotion to public transparency and unwavering personal integrity make her legacy one that is sure to live on."

Throughout 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.