• Vt bill elevates education chief to secretary
    April 25,2012

    MONTPELIER — It’s on to the desk of Gov. Peter Shumlin for an education bill that had been sought by him and at least two predecessors.

    The measure changes the title of Vermont’s top education officer from commissioner to secretary. And rather than have that person appointed by the state Board of Education, he or she will be selected by the governor from three nominees suggested by the board, with the appointee then confirmed by the Senate. The secretary also will sit in the governor’s Cabinet.

    Backers of the change say it will make the head of the state’s education system more accountable. Critics say it will inject more politics into school policy.

    The change takes effect in January.

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