The field has been narrowed to three in the search for the next Massachusetts Education Commissioner with the only male finalist hailing from bay-state and two women who would be coming in from outside the state. Interestingly, all three are alumni of Teach for America, a national nonprofit that puts recent high achieving college graduates into urban and rural classrooms.
- Angelica Infante-Green, the New York State Education Department deputy commissioner of the Office of Instructional Support P-12 since 2015 and a former teacher and administrator in New York City public schools
- Jeffrey C. Riley, a former chief innovation officer at Boston Public Schools who since 2012 has worked as the superintendent/receiver of Lawrence Public Schools, which has 35 schools and 14,000 students
- Penny Schwinn, a former Baltimore teacher who founded the Capitol Collegiate Academy in Sacramento, she now serves as the Texas Education Agency’s chief deputy commissioner of academics and former associate secretary of education in the Delaware Department of Education
Thomas Scott, the Executive Director of the Mass School Superintendents Association weighed in:
We don’t need a commissioner who is going to be just a compliance enforcer. We need someone to come in and cheer the next level of reform and who can bring the field together in a better way.
Paul Sagan, current chairman of the state board, had this to say:
I am very pleased with this group of finalists and confident that whoever is ultimately selected to serve as our next commissioner will be extremely qualified to build on our track record of educational excellence and address the need to close the achievement gaps that remain among our most urgent challenges,
The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold public interviews with all three finalists Friday, Jan. 26, at the Omni Parker House. A vote is likely that following Monday.
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