(Little Rock, AR) -- The head of the Arkansas Department of Education, is stepping down at the end of June.
Ken James, 58, said he is considering three employment opportunities in the private sector.
He was named Arkansas' education director in 2004 by former Governor Mike Huckabee and stayed on when Mike Beebe became governor two years ago.
James said he was proud of the state's funding of pre-K programs and its improvements in test scores in recent years.
He presided over a period of major reform in the state's public-school funding system.
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