Education A State Capitals Roundup

Virginia Schools Chief Announces Retirement

By Robert C. Johnston — September 20, 2005 1 min read

Jo Lynne DeMary has announced she will retire as Virginia’s state superintendent of public instruction, as of Jan. 1.

Ms. DeMary was appointed as state chief in June 2000 by Republican Gov. James S. Gilmore III. She was reappointed to a full, four-year term by Democratic Gov. Mark Warner in April 2002. As state chief, Ms. DeMary directed implementation of the state’s system of standards and tests, which is called the Virginia Standards of Learning.

In announcing her retirement earlier this month, Ms. DeMary said that serving in her post during the SOL implementation has been “the ultimate honor of my life.”

A version of this article appeared in the September 21, 2005 edition of Education Week