Only minutes after members of the House Education Committee got their first in-depth look at HB 338, the plan for addressing the lowest performing schools, State School Superintendent Richard Woods presented a substitute bill, and expressed concerns over “creating a new bureaucracy within an existing bureaucracy.”

Woods’ red-line version of HB 338 would bring the proposed Chief Turnaround Officer into the current organization structure of the Department of Education, under the State Superintendent, instead of serving under the direction of the State Board of Education. This is necessary, Woods said, to avoid creating silos in the Department of Education, something he said he has “worked to bring down since taking office.” 

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