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Karem Elected State School Board Chairman

Former Senate Majority Leader David Karem of Louisville is the new chairman of the Kentucky Board of Education.  Karem was the board’s unanimous choice to succeed former chairman Joe Brothers. Karem is a strong education advocate who helped steer the Kentucky Education Reform Act through the 1990 General Assembly.  “There isn’t anything more important in the state of Kentucky than public education.  This is the biggest issue we can deal with and it’s an honor that the board would ask me to serve as chairman," Karem said.Karem is also the president and executive director of the Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation.Dorie Combs of Richmond and C-B Akins of Lexington will serve as vice-chairs of the school board.   The board is also getting to know five new members appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear.  The 11 voting members of the board are now all Beshear appointees.(Photo courtesy of Kentucky Legislative Research Commission)