• Early education commissioner resigns amid investigation


    (MyFoxBoston.com) – Early Education Commissioner Sherri Killins has resigned from her post within the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

    In a statement, Education Secretary Matthew Malone said he has appointed Tom Weber as acting commissioner.

    Weber is currently the Undersecretary of Education.

    Killins came under fire after it first broke that she was training to become a superintendent while holding down a job as the commissioner. She also lives in New Haven, Conn.

    Killins reportedly makes nearly $200,000 a year.

    Last week, members of the state's Board of Early Education and Care asked the education secretary to investigate after learning about the program.

    FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti asked the governor Monday if he believed commissioners should live in Massachusetts.

    "I think commissioners should give 100 percent to their job, and I think our commissioners do," he responded.

    Gov. Patrick went on to say, "No, I think the most important thing is their service and not anything else."

    It's unclear exactly how often Killins commuted the almost two and a half hour drive to the Boston offices of the Department of Early Education and Care.

    A spokesman for the Department of Transportation told FOX 25 that if Killins has a driver's license, it was not issued by Massachusetts.

    It is unclear if Killins ever put in for mileage reimbursement.

    FOX 25 has sent a Freedom of Information Act request to find out.


    Statement from Secretary of Education Matthew Malone: This afternoon I appointed Tom Weber Acting Commissioner of the Department of Early Education and Care to oversee day-to-day operations of the agency. Tom currently serves as Undersecretary of Education for the Commonwealth. He and has the skill to advance the agencys ambitious agenda. Commissioner Killins leaves an agency that has made great progress toward ensuring all of our youngest citizens have a strong foundation for learning. I am confident Tom and the team at EEC will continue to push to expand early learning opportunities for children across the commonwealth. I thank Commissioner Killins for her service and wish her well as she continues her advocacy on behalf of children.

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