Saying children, parents, and communities always deserve a qualified and experienced leader at the helm of public education, Connecticut teachers are urging state legislators to override Governor Malloy’s veto of HB 6977, An Act Establishing Qualifications for the Commissioner of Education, a measure that passed the State Senate unanimously and the House of Representatives with overwhelming support (138-5).
“Look at the qualifications for other state agency heads in Connecticut, and you will see that their experience directly aligns with their job responsibilities. The education of our children demands experience and expertise. We cannot afford a second-rate approach to education leadership in Connecticut,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen.
Nationwide, only four states have no required qualifications of any kind for education commissioner. Connecticut is one of those four.
The bill that the governor vetoed would have required that the education commissioner have an education degree, five years of experience as a teacher, and three years of experience as an administrator. It was strongly supported by educators, including teachers and school administrators.
“Enacting these qualifications is long overdue. To be truly effective, the state’s education chief must have boots-on-the-ground experience in public education,” said Cohen. Read more