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Charitable foundation head to lead P-20 council

Carol Peck, the president and CEO of the Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona, will head up Gov. Jan Brewer’s new P-20 council on education.

“I am honored to have someone of Dr. Peck’s caliber leading the P-20 Coordinating Council and helping my office implement not only the reforms outlined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but my vision for the future of Arizona’s education system,” Brewer stated in a Aug. 31 press release.

Peck heads up the Rodel Foundation, which uses grants, teaching initiatives and other methods to improve K-12 education in Arizona. Prior to her time at the foundation, Peck served for 16 years as superintendent of the Alhambra School District.

In addition to Peck, Brewer named 15 other appointments to the council, which she launched in July to replace a similar council established by former Gov. Janet Napolitano. Unlike the previous council, which included lawmakers and representatives of individual schools, Brewer’s council includes numerous directors of executive boards from organizations that focus on education.

Among the appointees was Superintendant of Public Instruction Tom Horne, a member of Napolitano’s council as well; J. Elliott Hibbs, executive director of the Early Childhood Development and Health Board; Vince Yanez, executive director of the Arizona State Board of Education; Deanna Rowe, executive director of the Arizona State Board of Charter Schools; John Arnold, executive director of the Arizona School Facilities Board; Linda Arzoumanian, and Joel Sideman, executive director of the Arizona Board of Regents.

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