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.
A version of this article appeared in the March 25, 2015 edition of Education Week as Requirements Eased in Ark. For State Schools Chief