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Bill Honig Withdraws Name as Calif. Governor's Appointee

Last week, newly elected California Gov. Jerry Brown announced his appointments to the state board of education, and they included Bill Honig, a former state schools chief who resigned his post after he was convicted of conflict-of-interest charges during the early 1990s.

Brown had defended his selection, but on Monday, the governor's office announced that Honig had withdrawn his name from consideration for the post. He will be replaced by Ilene W. Straus, 61, who serves as assistant superintendent for educational services with the Beverly Hills Unified School District, and who received the California secondary principal of the year award in 1991.

California's new governor, who unveiled drastic cuts across state government this week, has taken some heat for his board appointments. See my earlier post for background.

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