School Reform Commissioner Lorene Cary will go on indefinite medical leave Monday, officials said.
Cary, a novelist, arts activist and scholar, said in an interview that her condition was temporarily debilitating but not life-threatening. A series of illnesses, including the asthma she has had since childhood, has left her sick and exhausted - and under doctor's orders to rest, she said. "I'm at 'half,'" she said Thursday. Asked when she might be able to return, Cary said, "I don't know. I'm just sort of benched right now."