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Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a former Elk Grove Unified School District administrator as executive director of the State Board of Education.

Sue Burr, 57, of Rancho Murieta, will advise Brown on education policy, legislation and budget matters, college readiness, teacher credentialing, early childhood education and school construction.

Burr has served many local and state organizations, most recently as executive director of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association.

Before that, she was an assistant superintendent with Elk Grove Unified, undersecretary of education under Gov. Gray Davis, and co-director of the California State University Institute for Education Reform. She has also been a consultant to the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Currently Burr is on the board of directors for EdSource and the Sacramento Children's Home.

The position, which pays $175,000 a year, does not require Senate confirmation. The Democrat replaces the board's interim executive director, Patricia de Cos.

Michael Kirst, president of the State Board of Education, said he is excited about what Burr will bring to the board.

"Ms. Burr's position will enhance the board's linkages to the governor on a wide variety of crucial education issues," Kirst said in a statement.


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