Sue Barr, Ilene Straus, Jaden Gray and Karen Valdes appointed to California State Board of Education

March 20, 2017: Sue Barr and Ilene Straus were re-appointed, and Jaden Gray and Karen Valdes were appointed, as Members of the California State Board of Education by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday, March 10, 2017. Burr, 63, Rancho Murieta Democrat, has been a Board Member since 2013, and she was the Board’s Executive Director in 2011 and 2012. Burr was the executive director of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association from 2006 to 2011. Burr received a master of business administration degree from California State University, Sacramento. Straus, 67, Marina del Rey Democrat, has been a Board Member since 2011. Straus has been a part-time faculty member at the education doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles, since 2013, where she was a part-time faculty member and professor for the education master’s program from 2005 to 2007. Straus received a master of arts degree in educational administration from California State University, Northridge. Gray, 17, of Union City, has been an intern clerk at the Law Offices of John L. Burris since 2016 and a student at James Logan High School since 2015. He is the chairman of the Union City Youth Commission, a founding member of the James Logan High School Young Democrats Club, a member of the California Association of Students Councils, New Haven Unified School District Board of Education, and a member of the James Logan High School Speech and Debate Team. Valdes, 57, of Temecula, has been the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at the Menifee Union School District since 2006. She was the Regional Director for the Riverside County Office of Education from 2004 to 2006, and she was that district’s Coordinator for Instructional Support from 1999 to 2004. Valdes received a doctor of education degree in organizational leadership from Argosy University and a master of arts degree in educational leadership from Loyola Marymount University.


Attribution: Governor's Office



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