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NEWS RELEASES 2009-10

NEWS RELEASES 2009-10 :: MARCH 9, 2010

STATEMENTS FROM STATE EDUCATION LEADERS REGARDING
THE PASSING OF STATE BOARD MEMBER KATHY TAFT


Statement from State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison:

"I am greatly saddened to hear the news that long-time State Board of Education member and friend Kathy Taft passed away today. Ms. Taft has been an instrumental member of the State Board of Education for 15 years and a stalwart supporter of the 1.5 million public school students in our state. Ms. Taft's service to the Board and to the citizens of North Carolina has included many important milestones such as the State's initial accountability model for schools, the development of charter schools and current efforts to ensure that our state prepares students for the 21st century.

"Our Board and our state are diminished by the untimely death of this dedicated citizen."


Statement from State Superintendent June Atkinson:

"My heart is saddened by the death of State Board of Education member Kathy Taft. Ms. Taft devoted her life to improving educational opportunities for North Carolina's public school children. She was tireless in her duties on the Board and often represented the Board at the national, state and local levels. She was a strong advocate for high academic standards, strong services for gifted children and raising the educational standards for our state.

"Ms. Taft had a heart devoted to children and their best interests. We will miss her and will carry on her goal of ensuring that all children have the opportunities they need for success."

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


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