Texas' Education Commissioner Out

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AUSTIN -- Education Commissioner Shirley Neeley will step down July 1 after three years leading the Texas Education Agency.

An agency spokeswoman says Neeley decided to resign after learning that Governor Rick Perry wouldn't reappoint her. A spokesman for Perry says the governor wants to bring new energy and direction to the agency.

Neeley's appointment expired in February, but it's common for commissioners to continue working until they are reappointed or replaced.

Neeley is the first female Texas education commissioner. She said she leaves with her head held high because of strides made in public education during her tenure.

Neeley last week announced a security plan designed to prevent cheating on a statewide test administered at various grade levels.

The former educator recently announced a recurrence of melanoma after 22 years of being cancer-free.