A vote by a professional-standards board means Maryland will not permit noneducators to be appointed as schools superintendents, after all.
Last year, the Maryland board of education set up a task force to look at allowing local school boards to find “exceptional” leaders outside education circles. And last month, the board approved a new regulation authorizing nontraditional candidates, over the objections of state educators and the association representing local school boards.
The Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board then voted against the state board’s decision, in an unusual move. The state school board needed a supermajority to override the professional board’s veto, but failed to achieve one last week.
A version of this article appeared in the October 31, 2018 edition of Education Week as Maryland Backs Away From Allowing Noneducators as Superintendents