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Requirements Eased in Ark. for State Schools Chief

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson plans to sign a bill to ease the requirements for state education commissioner so that a former state senator can take the job.

House members voted last week to advance the bill to Mr. Hutchinson, a Republican, who endorsed Johnny Key for the top K-12 spot.

The commissioner is required to hold a master's degree, have 10 years' experience as an educator—including five as an administrator—and hold a valid state teacher's license. Those requirements would be removed so long as the deputy commissioner meets the qualifications.

Vol. 34, Issue 25, Page 4

Published in Print: March 25, 2015, as Requirements Eased in Ark. For State Schools Chief
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