Controversial Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman is leaving his post, the Tennessean is reporting.
The paper cites a press release from Governor Haslam’s office noting that Huffman is leaving his position for a post in the private sector.
There was no immediate word on who might succeed Huffman as Commissioner of Education.
Huffman also took criticism for his failure to communicate about new teacher evaluations and for his lack of communication regarding implementation of the Common Core, which resulted in Haslam holding an education summit and “re-setting” the conversation around standards.
Around this time last year, Directors of Schools from around the state were signing a letter expressing a lack of confidence in Huffman’s leadership.
While Haslam has not yet said who may replace Huffman, two potential candidates are Deputy Commissioner and former Putnam County Director of Schools Kathleen Airhart and former Senate Speaker Pro Tem and now SCORE Executive Director Jamie Woodson. Another potential candidate is Knox County Director of Schools Jim McIntyre, a supporter of the Haslam education agenda.
Here’s House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh’s statement on Huffman leaving.
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