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Arkansas

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The Arkansas Commissioner of Education is a state executive position in the Arkansas state government. The commissioner is a cabinet-level executive official that oversees the operations of the state Department of Education, which runs Arkansas's public school system. He or she serves under the purview of the Arkansas Board of Education, which appoints the commissioner subject to the approval of the governor.

Current officeholder

The current commissioner is Tom W. Kimbrell, who was first appointed in September 2009. As the commissioner of education serves at the pleasure of the governor, Kimbrell is not subject to reappointment.

Before becoming commissioner, Kimbrell served as executive director of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators from 2005 to 2009 and, before that, as superintendent of the North Little Rock and Paragould school districts. Prior to becoming superintendent, he worked in various school administration roles, from director of fiscal services in the Paragould district to assistant principal in the Corning district. He was also a teacher and coach in the Paragould and Pocahontas districts. Kimbrell holds an Ed.D. and an M.S. in Education from Arkansas State University and a B.S. in Education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He and his wife, Tina, have two children.

Authority

The office of commissioner is authorized by Arkansas statute.[1]

Arkansas Code, Title 6, Chapter 11, Section 102

Subject to confirmation by the Governor, the State Board of Education is empowered to employ a person to act as the Commissioner of Education and who shall be the administrative head of the Department of Education.

Qualifications

Arkansas law requires that the commissioner be "a person of good moral character, recognized as a leader in the field of education, and qualified technically and by experience to direct the work of the department." Specifically, he or she must hold a master's degree, have had ten years' experience as a teacher and five in educational administration, and possess a valid state teacher's certificate. Additionally, the appointee may not be related to any member of the State Board of Education "within the fourth degree of consanguinity."[1]

Commissioners of education must also fulfill the standard requirements for office under the Arkansas Constitution; they may not have been convicted of felons and must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Arkansas.[2]

Arkansas Code, Title 6, Chapter 11, Section 102

The person selected as the commissioner must:

(A) Be a person of good moral character, recognized as a leader in the field of education, and qualified technically and by experience to direct the work of the department;
(B) Hold a master's degree from an accredited institution;
(C) Have had ten (10) years' experience as a teacher, five (5) of which must be of an administrative or supervisory nature; and
(D) Hold a valid state teacher's certificate.

(2) No person who is related within the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity to any member of the state board shall be eligible to serve as commissioner.

Appointments

The commissioner of education is appointed by the state Board of Education with the approval of the governor and serves at the latter's pleasure.[1]

Arkansas Code, Title 6, Chapter 11, Section 102

(1) Subject to confirmation by the Governor, the State Board of Education is empowered to employ a person to act as the Commissioner of Education and who shall be the administrative head of the Department of Education.

(2) The commissioner shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

Term limits

There are no term limits associated with the office of commissioner.

Vacancies

State law does not provide any particular guidance for dealing with vacancies in the office of commissioner.

Duties

The commissioner serves as the administrative head of the Department of Education. He or she acts as an agent of the state Board of Education and implements the board's policies. The board itself is responsible for recommending courses of study, establishing standardized test rules and requirements, issuing teaching certificates, and supervising school budgets. It is also empowered to "take other such action as it may deem necessary to promote the physical welfare of school children," and organizational efficiency of schools. [3]

Divisions

  • Fiscal and Administrative Services
    • Internal/External Agency Finance
    • Arkansas Public School Computer Network (APSCN) Financial Applications
    • APSCN Student Applications
    • Child Nutrition Services
    • Fiscal Distress Services
    • Local Education Agency (LEA) Federal Funding Services
    • LEA State Funding, Loans and Bonds
    • Financial Accountability & Reporting
  • Human Resources
    • Professional Licensure/Non-Traditional Licensure
    • Teacher Quality
    • Recruitment and Retention
    • Professional Licensure Standards Board
    • ADE Employee Induction
    • Central Support
  • Research and Technology
    • Data Administration and Reporting
    • Data Quality
    • Technology Resources
    • Network and Desktop Support
    • State Data Warehouse
  • Academic Accountability
    • Standards Assurance Monitoring
    • Desegregation Monitoring/Equity
    • School Performance
    • Monitoring State/Federal
  • Division of Learning Services
    • Statewide System of Support
    • School Planning and Improvement
    • Professional Development
    • ERZ/Scholastic Audit
    • Special Education
    • Curriculum & Assessment
    • ALE
    • Charter/Home Schools
    • Gifted & Talented
    • Guidance/School Counseling
    • Migrant Education
    • Coordinated School Health
    • SI Grants
    • Federal Programs (Title I, Title IV, etc.)

Compensation

In 2010, the commissioner received compensation in the amount of $219,999.[4] As the commissioner is not a part of the state's executive department, his or her salary is determined by the state's Office of Personnel and Management. The OPM has classified the commissioner under class code "U033U" for the purposes of determining compensation.

Contact info

Arkansas

Physical address:
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-4475
E-mail: ADE.Communications@arkansas.gov

See also

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