Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed an advocate for school administrators as his adviser on education policies and as the executive director of the State Board of Education.
Karen Stapf Walters, 55, will succeed Sue Burr in that dual role. Burr, who retired last month, was nominated as a member of the State Board this week.

Stapf Walters has worked at the Association of California School Administrators as interim executive director since 2012 and as assistant executive director of governmental relations and an advocate for 13 years before that. She started out as a social studies and Englsih teacher for 11 years in California and Ohio.

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