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Monday, July 14, 2008

New faces on School Board

Posted By on Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 2:37 PM

Gov. Mike Beebe today began putting his mark on the state Board of Education,

His first two appointees: Little Rock lawyer Sam Ledbetter and Alice Mahony of El Dorado, a public school champion. I wouldn't be inclined to say Beebe had appointed Walton lobby pushovers.

They'll replace Mary Jane Rebick of Little Rock, who had herself emerged as a standup independent on charter school issues, and Ted Knight.


Governor Mike Beebe today appointed Sam Ledbetter of Little Rock and Alice Mahony of El Dorado to the Arkansas State Board of Education.

Ledbetter, 52, served six years in the Arkansas House of Representatives.  In 2003, he worked with legislative leaders to develop the funding formula for Arkansas schools implemented to comply with the Arkansas Supreme Court's 2002 Lake View ruling.  He went on to co-chair the Joint Budget Committee in 2005.

A graduate of the UALR Bowen School of Law, Ledbetter has been licensed to practice law in Arkansas for nearly 25 years, specializing in environmental cases.

Mahony, 58, is co-founder of the El Dorado Education Foundation, which has started innovative Chair Programs designed to build math, science and foreign-language skills for students.  The Foundation also provides grants to teachers who develop their own creative approaches to education.

Currently enrolled in the MBA program at Harding University, Mahony holds a bachelor's degree from John Brown University.  She is also the Chairman of the Board for the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce and serves on the El Dorado Promise Committee.

Both appointments will expire June 30, 2015.  Ledbetter replaces MaryJane Rebick, Mahony replaces Ted Knight.


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