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Proposal Would Give State Education Commissioner More Authority


A proposal to reorganize the state department of education is attracting some controversy.

Republican State Senator John Reagan proposed the change in an amendment to an unrelated education bill.

The proposal would give more power to the education commissioner to define the role of managers in the department, to move funds, and to reassign personnel.

Senator Reagan says he filed the amendment after the new DOE Commissioner, Frank Edelblut, asked for the changes.

“Well apparently he’s got – I don’t know, I don’t work there – apparently he has resistance within the department and he wants to be able to manage the department, that’s his job,” said Reagan.

Some Democrats are calling the move a power grab.

Senator Reagan says it’s a modest housekeeping measure.

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