12:33 p.m. — McGee resigns from board to work for Otter

Karen McGee, a state board of education member since 1999, has been named Gov. Butch Otter’s education advisor.

McGee announced her resignation from the state board this morning, just an hour before Otter was to deliver his state of the state address. McGee, who is from Pocatello, said she would concentrate on a number of education issues, including community colleges.

“This governor is so committed to a good education system,” she said.

McGee played a key role in developing the education standards and assessments for 260,000 students in Idaho’s public schools. Standards outline what students should know and be able to do before they graduate. She also supported using statewide achievement examine, which students must pass before they can graduate.

Rod Lewis, board member from Eagle, told McGee, “Your passion for helping kids in this state is enormous.”