Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Superintendents essentially plead for education commissioner. Too bad, LePage says.

Maine law requires the state to have a commissioner of the Department of Education. However, the department’s top job has not officially been filled for nearly two years. Frustrated by a lack of clarity and guidance on issues ranging from student testing to school funding, superintendents wrote to Gov. Paul LePage to encourage him to appoint a permanent education commissioner.

The governor’s response: I have who I want running the department, and he’ll stay there until I leave office. The problem is that his choice, Bill Beardsley, isn’t the commissioner because LePage refuses to follow the requirements outlined in state law. More troubling, last week LePage stepped in to deny a lawmaker’s request for information from the department.

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