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Diane DeBacker appointed Kansas education commissioner

September 15, 2010


— Diane DeBacker has been appointed Kansas commissioner of education after serving more than 10 months as interim commissioner.

The State Board of Education made the appointment Wednesday.

DeBacker became interim commissioner last October when Alexa Posny resigned to take a job with the U.S. Department of Education.

DeBacker has been with the Kansas Department of Education since 2003. In 2008 she became deputy commissioner for learning services, responsible for coordinating policy within the department and among the state's 293 school districts.


rgh 7 years, 1 month ago

What? No appointing a "one man think tank" as our EDUCATION leader? That's what the board did several years back when now Senator Steve Abrams led the push to appoint Bob Corkins as commissioner. What a joke that was. The man had NEVER been a part of any educational position in his life. Thanks to this board for making a smart move. Kansas will be better off with this appointment.

Paul R Getto 7 years, 1 month ago

I concur, and must admit I was somewhat surprised by this move. It's a good sign and a suggestion the board is willing to move on and think about the future. The new governor will need a stable board and a quick education to get him up to speed on what the schools need to help them move forward. Congratulations, Dr. DeBacker!

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