Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Gov. Brown's Appointments to the California State Board of Education

Earlier today, Governor Brown announced the following seven appointments to the California State Board of Education (SBE): Carl Anthony Cohn (Palm Springs), Bill Honig (Marin), Michael Kirst (Stanford), Aida Molina (Bakersfield), James Ramos (San Bernardino), Patricia Ann Rucker (Elk Grove), and Trish Boyd Williams (San Jose).

A SBE source provided the following information (unconfirmed) about the Board members whose terms either ended today or who are continuing (

* Current members Ruth Bloom [current SBE Vice President] and Johnathan Williams will be in attendance at the January 12-14, 2011 Board meeting, but their terms are up after that meeting.
* The terms of the following Board Members have ended as of today, and they will not be returning (or participating in the January 12-14, 2011 Board meeting):
- Ted Mitchell [current SBE President]
- David Lopez
- Alan Arkatov
- Ben Austin
- James Fang
[These five members were appointed/reappointed by Gov. Schwarzenegger last year but had not been confirmed by the Senate, which wanted to give the new governor the power to establish his own education team.]
* The current Members who remain on the Board at this time are:
- Yvonne Chan
- Gregory Jones
- Jim Aschwanden
- Connor Cushman (Student Member)
* In addition to the four current Members remaining, the seven newly appointed Members will also be attending the January Board meeting. 

Bios follow below for Governor Brown's State Board of Education appointments (boldface added). All are registered Democrats.
Dr. Carl Anthony Cohn (Palm Springs) -- He has been a Professor and the Co-Director of the Urban Leadership Program at Claremont Graduate University since 2009. Previously, Cohn served as the Superintendent of Schools for the San Diego Unified School District from 2005 to 2007. He was a Clinical Professor with the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California from 2002 to 2005 and the Superintendent of Schools for the Long Beach Unified School District from 1992 to 2002. Cohn is a member of the Association of California School Administrators.

Louis "Bill" Honig (Marin) -- He has been President of the Consortium on Reading Excellence since 2005. Previously, Honig served as a Visiting Distinguished Professor at San Francisco State University's School of Education from 1993 to 1998. He was the Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1983 to 1993. Honig previously served on the California State Board of Education under Governor Brown from 1975 to 1983. [See]
Dr. Michael Kirst (Stanford) -- He currently serves as a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, where he has taught since 1969.   Previously, Kirst served on the California State Board of Education under Governor Brown from 1975 to 1982. Kirst also served as the Director of Program Planning for the U.S. Office of Education and was Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment, and Poverty from 1967 to 1969. 
Aida Molina (Bakersfield) -- She has served as the Executive Director on Academic Improvement and Accountability for Bakersfield City School District since 2005.   Previously, Molina was a Commissioner with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing from 2004 to 2007.  Molina was a principal with Bakersfield City School District from 2001 to 2005, an elementary school principal with the Sacramento Unified School District from 1999 to 2001, an assistant principal with the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District from 1997 to 1999, and a bilingual teacher from 1992 to 1997.  Molina is a member of the Association of School Administrators and the California Association of Bilingual Educators. 
James Ramos (San Bernardino) -- Ramos has served as the Chairman for the San Manuel Band of Indians since 2008, having previously served as Treasurer, as a member of the Business Committee, and as Chairman of the Tribe's Gaming Commission. Ramos was re-elected in 2010 as a member of the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees, where he has served since 2005. He has served as a member and chairperson of the Native American Heritage Commission since 2007.
Patricia Ann Rucker (Elk Grove) -- Since 2008, she has worked as the Legislative Advocate for the California Teachers Association and was a consultant for the California Teachers Association on instruction and professional development from 1997 to 2008. She also served as a teacher in the Del Paso Heights School District from 1983 to 1997.
Trish Boyd Williams (San Jose) -- She has served as the Executive Director for EdSource since 1992. Previously, Williams served as a program consultant to the Director for the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth from 1983 to 1990, and as a Presidential Management Intern and then a Management Analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1979 to 1982.
State Board of Education appointments require Senate confirmation.

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