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Board Member Profiles - Joyce Rankin
Joyce Rankin, representing the 3rd Congressional District, was first appointed in August 2015 to fill a mid-term vacancy. She was then elected in November 2016 to complete that term. Joyce was elected to her first full term in November 2020, to serve through January 2027.
Rankin grew up in Allen Park, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Inspired by her fifth-grade teacher, she told her parents she wanted to be a teacher. Following graduation with a degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University she traveled to California, where she began her career by teaching the fifth grade. She received her master’s degree and administrative credential from California State University at San Jose and served as an elementary school principal.
An advocate for school choice, she supports allowing parents to direct education funds to the school that best fits their child’s needs, whether public or private. She is also a supporter of charter schools, magnet schools, online schools, schools with blended learning opportunities, and homeschooling. America’s national security and economic future depend on a well-educated citizenry and she supports all forms of innovation that produce positive returns on our educational investment.
Joyce currently serves as a Legislative Intern for her husband, Senator Bob Rankin.
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