Former Education Minnesota President Dooher lands Arkansas gig

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After serving six years as president of Education Minnesota, the state teachers union, Tom Dooher landed a top education job in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Education Association announced in mid-December that Dooher has been appointed executive director. He starts his new gig in February.

"In accepting the unanimous decision by the AEA Board of Directors, Dooher said he is committed to actively listening to the members’ needs, developing a plan to excite and engage current and potential members in the association, and increasing the state’s commitment to funding public education at every level," the announcement reads.

Dooher was elected head of Education Minnesota in 2007, but lost his bid for a third term to Denise Specht, former union treasurer, in April.

Earlier this year, Watchdog Minnesota called out Dooher and dozens of other Education Minnesota staffers who earned more than $100,000 in 2012 while funding for K-12 schools and personnel has fallen short in recent years.

Education Minnesota is the state's largest union, representing 70,000 teachers and other education staff in the state.

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