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Cox stepping down; governor to name replacement

By sandycooke - May 17th, 2010, 22:38, Category: General

Point out Colleges Superintendent Kathy Cox announced Monday that she is abandoning plans to run for the third term and heading to Washington to run a new national instruction nonprofit.

Cox's selection, that is effective June 30, leaves a five-person race for state university superintendent with no clear front-runner. Gov. Sonny Perdue could, on the other hand, give a leg as much as one of all those candidates when he selects an interim superintendent, almost certainly from the following couple of weeks.

A tearful Cox told reporters at an afternoon news conference that she had broken the news to Perdue late last week and will be on the employment in Washington on July 1 to run the U.S. Knowledge Delivery Institute.

"I've verified standard persons can get elected, standard individuals can remain elected and standard people can serve with dignity and not produce scandalous headlines," she claimed.

Cox will likely be the initial chief executive officer of the Instruction Delivery Institute, the brainchild of Sir Michael Barber, an instruction adviser to then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The organization can help states produce methods for strengthening student achievement.

"I really feel this employment was written particularly for me," she mentioned.

Cox, a former talk about legislator, has been credited with implementing a tougher express curriculum and raising Georgia's graduation rates. She also was an advocate for much more flexibility for local college techniques, which collectively saw $3 billion in "austerity cuts" in basic college funding in her time as superintendent. People cuts led to teacher furloughs, layoffs and the elimination of programs.

She also has received accolades for ending chaos from the 1,000-employee think Department of Training using the tenure of her predecessor, Linda Schrenko, who went to prison.

"I'm not planning to say it was a train wreck, nevertheless it was in quite bad shape," Jeff Hubbard, president from the Georgia Association of Educators, claimed with the Knowledge Department before Cox. "She and her staff brought about some reforms on this point out."

The GAE, the state's second-largest teacher group, endorsed Cox in her previous elections for point out superintendent in 2002 and 2006, nonetheless it had not began the process of interviewing candidates for this year's endorsement, Hubbard stated.

Some political observers experienced expected this to be Cox's toughest re-election campaign, in component, due to an unsettled chapter in her tenure as superintendent involving the distribution of $1 million she won like a contestant within the Fox Broadcasting Corp. game present "Are You Smarter Than a 5th-Grader" in September 2008.

When Cox won, she mentioned the money would head to three point out schools that serve the blind and deaf. But 3 months later Cox and her husband, John Cox, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, citing a debt of $3.5 million, a lot of it related to John Cox's home-building business enterprise in Fayette County. A Chapter 7 trustee assigned to the bankruptcy case filed suit in 2009 against the Foxes to claim her winnings for creditors.

Attorney Common Thurbert Baker has because weighed in, arguing that Cox was only invited to compete on the present for any charitable interest and that the money should go towards schools. Cox explained Monday that she'll give depositions, or do whatever is needed, even from her new post in Washington, to secure the money for the schools.

She denied that she experienced been worried in regards to the election outcome. "I was committed to working, and I knew I would win," she told reporters at the information conference.

Perdue issued a statement instantly next Cox's news conference calling her a "passionate advocate for Georgia’s students, committed to strengthening achievement for every kid."

"While we will miss her right here in Georgia, I share her excitement in this new chance," the governor stated.

Perdue has until finally July 1 to name an interim replacement to serve right up until Cox's expression ends in December. But Bert Brantley, the governor's spokesman, mentioned he expects the appointment to become made "well in advance" with the deadline.

"This is going to be a very significant six months," Brantley said, noting that, by July, Georgia should know whether or not it has become awarded money in the 2nd round of President Barack Obama's Race towards Top competition.

The think missed out on a possible $400 million in the initial round with the competition that's billed as an effort to promote considerable reforms.

Thomas Lewis, a member from the Georgia Charter Colleges Commission, claimed Cox's support and leadership were crucial to his group's formation.

“I feel she has manufactured considerable contributions,and she is going to be missed," he said.

Cox was to face two other Republicans inside the upcoming major: John Barge, a Rome education and learning administrator; and Richard Woods, a teacher from Tifton.

Three Democrats are also working for your position: Beth Farokhi, a Cobb County educator; Joe Martin, former chairman with the Atlanta university board; and Brian Westlake, a teacher in Gwinnett County Public Educational institutions.

Staff writer D. Aileen Dodd contributed to this post.


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