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PRESS RELEASE

March 07, 2008

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

State Board Member Tapped to Serve on National Career Education Panel

TALLAHASSEE – Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith today congratulated State Board of Education member Phoebe Raulerson for her appointment to a national panel to promote excellence in career technical education. The National Association of School Boards of Education (NASBE) selected Raulerson to serve as part of a 26-member task force charged with finding innovative ways to integrate career and technical education opportunities into the nation’s high schools.

“My congratulations go to Mrs. Raulerson for being recognized at the national level for her expertise in career and technical education,” said Commissioner Smith. “Her many years of experience as an educator and superintendent will add an important dimension to the work of this task force.”

The task force will examine career and technical education issues that influence policy decisions for state boards of education such as access to programs, teacher preparation and certification, curriculum, standards and tests, industry certifications, school business partnerships, and alignment to high school reform efforts.

A comprehensive report will be issued in October at the NASBE Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. State policy recommendations will be distributed to all governors, school superintendents, state and local education policymakers, national education groups, Congress and federal officials.

For more information about the National Association of School Boards of Education, please visit www.nasbe.org.