The Connecticut education department will be overhauled over the next several months, under a plan intended to make the agency more responsive to districts and, by extension, to better serve Connecticut’s half-million public school students and their families, Commissioner Stefan Pryor announced last week.
Mr. Pryor, who became commissioner last fall, proposed the plan to the state board of education, which unanimously endorsed it. The board also approved his recommendation to appoint Charlene Russell-Tucker, a 25-year veteran of the agency and one of its associate commissioners, to the new position of chief operating officer.
Gov. Dannel Malloy and board members said they considered the reorganization is necessary if education reform is to be successful.
The reorganization is being done within the agency’s current operating budget of $2.79 billion.
A version of this article appeared in the January 25, 2012 edition of Education Week as Overhaul on Way for Conn. Agency