Connecticut Commissioner of Education
|Connecticut Commissioner of Education|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$3,246,939,898|
|Length of term:||4 years coterminous with the governor's|
|Authority:||General Statutes of Connecticut, 10-163-3a|
|Selection Method:||Recommended by the State Board of Education for gubernatorial appointment|
|Assumed office:||January 6, 2015|
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The current interim officeholder is Dianna Wentzell. The state school board named her to the position in January 2015, after former Commissioner Stefan Pryor stepped down. The board, with the approval of Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy (D), nominated Wentzell to replace Pryor permanently on April 17, 2015. Her appointment now awaits confirmation by the legislature.
Before being tapped to serve as interim commissioner, Wentzell was the chief academic officer for the state department of education.
The office of commissioner is established by state law.
General Statutes of Connecticut, 10-163-3a
There shall be a Department of Education which shall serve as the administrative arm of the State Board of Education. The department shall be under the direction of the Commissioner of Education...
State law requires that the commissioner be "qualified by training and experience for the duties of his office," but does not establish any specific requirements.
General Statutes of Connecticut, 4-46-8
Each department head shall be qualified by training and experience for the duties of his office.
General Statutes of Connecticut, 4-46-8
The department shall be under the direction of the Commissioner of Education, whose appointment shall be recommended to the Governor by the State Board of Education for a term of four years to be coterminous with the term of the Governor. Such appointment shall be in accordance with the provisions of sections 4-5 to 4-7, inclusive. The Commissioner of Education shall be the administrative officer of the department and shall administer, coordinate and supervise the activities of the department in accordance with the policies established by the board.
There are no term limits associated with the office of commissioner of education.
As with all state appointive offices, vacancies in the office of education commissioner are filled by the governor and approved by a majority vote in both houses of the state legislature. If a vacancy occurs while the legislature is not in session, the governor may appoint a replacement to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next legislative session.
The commissioner is the administrative officer of the Department of Education and is directed by law to "administer, coordinate and supervise the activities of the department in accordance with the policies established by the State Board of Education."
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- See also: Connecticut state budget and finances
The budget for the Department of Education in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $3,246,939,898.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The commissioner's salary is determined by law.
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- CBS New York, "Connecticut Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor Stepping Down," August 19, 2015
- Governor of Connecticut Dan Malloy, "Press release: GOV. MALLOY SELECTS DR. DIANNA WENTZELL AS COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION," April 17, 2015
- The Hartford Courant, "Wentzell Nominated As State Education Commissioner," April 17, 2015
- The Middletown Press News, "Former New London superintendent eyed as Connecticut education commissioner," January 6, 2015
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "10-163-3a," accessed July 28, 2011
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "4-46-8," accessed July 28, 2011
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "4-46-7," accessed July 27, 2011
- Connecticut Office of Policy and Management Budget Documents, "20132-2013 Biennium Governor's Budget," accessed May 28, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014