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Sally Bradshaw resigns from state education board

Sally Bradshaw resigned from the state Board of Education on Sunday, two months before her term was scheduled to end.

Her resignation is effective immediately.

Bradshaw, a one-time chief of staff to former Gov. Jeb Bush, had served on the education board since September 2011. In a letter to Gov. Rick Scott dated Oct. 13, she wrote that "family obligations through year's end" would prevent her from fully completing her term.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said she was "sad to see Ms. Bradshaw go."

"She was a great asset and I consider her a friend," Stewart added. "But I commend her for making the decision she made, choosing family over volunteer work. It was the right decision to make."

Scott did not say when he planned to name a replacement.

"We are grateful for Sally's service and commitment to ensuring the highest quality in our education system," he wrote in a statement. "She has worked hard to continue the legacy of high standards that began under the great leadership of Gov. Jeb Bush."

Scott has already named a replacement for outgoing board member Kathleen Shanahan, whose term also ends in December.

His pick: Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, the former executive director of Teach for America Miami-Dade.

Barbara Feingold's term on the education board ends in December, too.

The board meets in Tampa at 9 a.m. Tuesday to discuss which exams will accompany the new Common Core State Standards (and replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests). They will also finalize the state's decision to reject the Common Core State Standards appendices, sample performance tasks and student writing samples.

Later, members of the public are invited to share their thoughts on the standards at Hillsborough Community College. The Department of Education has more information on the 5 p.m. meeting here.

"This is another opportunity for people to come out and talk about the standards, and what they see as the strengths and what they believe needs to change," Stewart said.

Stewart said she also hopes to clear up misconceptions that the Common Core standards are a national curriculum. "None of us want the national government determining our curriculum," she said. "Those are decisions that should be made on a local level."

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Goodbye Sally

Teach For America is funded by the Koch Brothers. Good riddance. Sally Bradshaw thinks her s*hit don't stink. Another Bush aide.

Anti-Tallahassee

Has this site become a haven for foreign scammers? I love that "Goodbye Sally" created an account just to wish Sally good riddance. I share the sentiment. Mrs. Bradshaw is the kind of self-serving hypocrite that is not needed in Tallahassee or any public service position. She would destroy public education at the first chance she got. She is also willing to take tax money for her private agenda any time. It's not likely that whoever Scott picks to replace her will be any better. May ALL their terms end in 2014!

joe blow

bump bump bump.....another one bites the dust. good we're getting rid of two Jeb Bush sychophants. Their qualifications for the board were they gave Jeb BJ's every know and then.
Don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out Bradshaw!

Can't take anymore

Just more proof that JEB! is a political has-been. He loaded up on appointments to committees, boards, etc with his henchmen before the end of his second term. Now nobody cares that these bums are "friends of JEB!" and they are getting the boot. Sadly, their replacements may just be even worse than they were.

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