2017-03-20 / Maine

LePage nominates education commissioner

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s Republican governor says he has nominated the Education Department’s acting head for the permanent post.

Deputy Commissioner Robert Hasson is a former teacher, principal and superintendent who has served as acting commissioner for nearly four months.

The State Board of Education has endorsed Hasson. Now, the Legislature’s education committee must hold a confirmation hearing within 30 days.

The Maine Department of Education hasn’t had a permanent commissioner since Jim Rier left in 2014.

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