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RICHMOND, Va. – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement in response to today’s announcement that Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright will retire on May 1st, 2014:
“I want to thank Superintendent Pat Wright for her exemplary work making our education system better for Virginia’s students, educators and economy. As a product of Virginia public schools, a former public school math teacher and a statewide education leader, Pat is living proof of the opportunity our schools can offer students and educators across the Commonwealth. Few have made a greater difference in the lives of Virginians than Pat Wright has, and I have no doubt that her legacy will endure in the students and colleagues she mentored and inspired.
“I also want to thank Superintendent Wright for staying on through May 1st as my team and I seek a qualified education leader to continue her great work. In the coming weeks we will evaluate candidates and choose a Superintendent who will work alongside Secretary Anne Holton and our entire team to strengthen our education system and prepare every Virginia student to succeed in a 21st Century economy.”