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Secretary of Education Nominee Speaks before House Committee

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Virginia's secretary of education nominee and former First Lady Anne Holton says she is committed to working with lawmakers to improve the state's Standards of Learning tests. But first, Holton has to pass a test of her own.

Leaders on both sides of the aisle praised Governor Terry McAuliffe when he announced Holton as his pick for secretary of education earlier this month. But before she officially takes on her new role, she must first be confirmed by lawmakers in the General Assembly.

Holton went before the House of Delegates Education Committee Wednesday morning. She spoke to her background growing up and raising four children in Virginia public schools.

As secretary of education, Holton says she looks forward to working with lawmakers on education initiatives, and hopes to engage real teachers in the conversation.

"One of the beauties of my secretariat is we have a lot of stakeholders, a lot of people care passionately about education. And so we're going to be talking with them in lots of ways, but I think the idea of a teachers cabinet is a great one, and I hope to continue that tradition," said Holton.

Holton, a former juvenile and domestic relations court judge, also expressed interest in strengthening the state's community college system and restoring funding to higher education.

Holton and her fellow cabinet nominees now face votes in House and Senate committees, before they are formally confirmed by the legislature.

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