PA 15-176—HB 6977 (VETOED)

Education Committee

AN ACT ESTABLISHING QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION

SUMMARY: This act requires the state education commissioner to be a qualified person holding a master's or higher degree in an education-related field with at least the following experience in a school or district in Connecticut or another state: (1) five years as a teacher and (2) three years as an administrator. Under prior law, the commissioner was not required to hold a degree or have any experience as a teacher or school district administrator. By law, the selection process requires the State Board of Education (SBE) to recommend a commissioner candidate to the governor, who then nominates the person and forwards the nomination to the General Assembly for confirmation. The commissioner serves as the head of the Education Department, which is the administrative arm of SBE.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

OLR Tracking: JM; KS; PF; BS