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Citadel News Service
Office of Public AffairsFOR RELEASE
March 22, 2000


CGPS Announces Commencement Speaker

State Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum          State Superintendent Inez M. Tenenbaum will address The Citadel College of Graduate and Professional Students students on Sunday, May 7 at 2 p.m. in McAlister Field House.

          Inez Tenenbaum, South Carolina's fifteenth state superintendent of education, has been an energetic and determined advocate for children throughout her career. As Superintendent, Tenenbaum is committed to raising the quality of education in South Carolina through comprehensive and sustained reform. Her priorities include raising academic standards through accountability, making sure every child starts school ready to learn, improving the quality of the state's principals and teachers, ensuring that schools are safe, and providing the resources to build a infrastructure to carry schools through the twenty-first century.

          A former school teacher and an attorney, Tenenbaum is the founder of the South Carolina Center for Family Policy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reforming the state's juvenile justice system. Prior to creating the Center for Family Policy, Tenenbaum practiced with the law firm of Sinker & Boyd P.A. from 1986 until 1992 in the areas of public interest, health and environmental law.

          Inez Tenenbaum received her bachelor's of science and master of education degrees from the University of Georgia in 1972 and 1974 respectively. She taught elementary school and eventually entered the University of South Carolina Law School, where she served as associate editor in chief of the South Carolina Law Review. She received her law degree in 1986.

          Before attending law school, Tenenbaum served as the Director of Research for the Medical Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1977 until 1983. This committee was responsible for legislation and public policy relating to aging, health, environment, children and family services, juvenile justice and local government.


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