Thanks for the catch, Pam. The item has been clarified below:


Newly installed state schools chief Tom Torlakson has named Jeannie Oropeza to the post of Deputy Superintendent of the Fiscal, Technology and Administration branch of the California Department of Education.

Oropeza will replace Susan Lange who is retiring after more than 25 years with the CDE.

Oropeza has been with the state Department of Finance since 1992 and currently serves as program budget manager of the education systems unit (K-20).

“No one knows the education budget and the fiscal emergency facing our schools after years of painful budget cuts better than Jeannie,” Torlakson said in a statement.

Other appointments include:

Erin Gabel becomes director of the legislative affairs and fiscal policy division; Jeanice Warden-Washington, who joins the departments legislative affairs division;  and Monique Ramos, who will also join the legislative affairs division.

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