Governor appoints Naomi Rainey to state commission on special education

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naomi-rainey-piersonLast week Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Naomi Rainey, 59, of Long Beach, to the Advisory Commission on Special Education.

Rainey is a member of the Long Beach City College Foundation Board of Governors and serves on the Foundation Grant and Annual Fundraiser committees. She currently serves as the President of the Long Beach chapter of the NAACP. Earlier this year, Rainey was recognized by League of Women Voters with the group’s Making Democracy Work award.

Since 2003, Rainey has been an independent education consultant. From 2000 to 2003, she was a principal on special assignment on Long Beach Polytechnic High School where she was previously assistant principal from 1996 to 2000. She was assistant principal for Millikan High School from 1995 to 1996. Rainey served the Compton Unified School District as district administrator for communications and community relations from 1988 to 1990, supervisor of communications and community relations from 1986 to 1988, program manager for the university college program from 1983 to 1986 and an educator and counselor from 1977 to 1983. Prior to that, she was a substitute teacher for the Long Beach and Compton Unified School Districts from 1975 to 1977.

The Commission provides recommendations and advice to the California State Board of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Legislature, and the Governor in new or continuing areas of research, program development and evaluation in California special education. Members provide an annual report on the activities that need to be undertaken and recommendations for improved educational services for individuals with exceptional needs, as well as priorities for distribution of federal and state funds.

Members of the Advisory Commission on Special education serve a four-year term and a maximum of 2 terms.  This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary. Rainey is a Republican.

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