MONTPELIER — Back in 2012, the Legislature restructured the state entities that oversee education K-12 in Vermont. Most notably, lawmakers got rid of the state’s Department of Education and replaced it with the Agency of Education.
That move made the state’s top school official — the newly minted secretary of education — a cabinet-level position, serving at the pleasure of the governor. It also meant the State Board of Education, which before enjoyed the power to hire and fire the head of the department, had suddenly lost its most important responsibility.
John Carroll, the State Board’s new chairman, said it’s time the body thought long and hard about what role the board should play in Vermont’s education landscape after that restructuring.
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