Arkansas House Panel OKs Reducing Education Commissioner Requirements

Mar 12, 2015

Rep. Bruce Cozart supported legislation bill to clear making Johnny Key the state education commissioner.
Credit Arkansas Times

An Arkansas House panel has approved reducing the qualifications needed to become state education commissioner so that a former lawmaker supported by Gov. Asa Hutchinson can take the job.

The Education Committee advanced the bill Thursday to the full House in a voice vote.

The commissioner is currently required to hold a master's degree from an accredited institution, have 10 years' experience as a teacher- including five as an administrator- and hold a valid state teacher's license. The change would remove those requirements so long as the deputy commissioner meets the qualifications.

Hutchinson has selected former state Sen. Johnny Key for the position.