HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Connecticut Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor is stepping down, according to a statement released Monday by Gov. Malloy’s office.
According to the statement from Gov. Malloy’s office, Pryor is “actively seeking new professional opportunities.” He called it a “true honor” to serve Malloy, the State Board of Education and the people of Connecticut. He said a lot has been accomplished over the past nearly three years, acknowledging “the work has not always been easy.”
Gov. Malloy appointed Pryor in Sept. 2011, which some critics claim politicized the post, WCBS 880’s Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.
Sen. Toni Boucher, who served on the state board of education, is among those who feel the next commissioner should be the choice of the education board.
“He made it his choice to choose the commissioner so that has added a certain level of politics to this. And that’s my concern, that whoever the next commissioner is that they be an independent voice,” Sen. Boucher said.