Governor Lamont has named Charlene Russell-Tucker as Connecticut’s Acting Commissioner of Education after Miguel Cardona was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Education earlier this week.
Russell-Tucker has most recently served as a deputy commissioner at the State Department of Education and previously worked as chief operating officer and division chief for the Office of Student Supports and Organizational Effectiveness at the agency.
“During these unprecedented times, with continual changes in our schools, it is vitally important to maintain consistency within the State Department of Education,” said CEA President Jeff Leake. “Charlene’s appointment as acting commissioner brings continuity and a clear understanding of the issues at hand, ensuring that Connecticut remains on track to address the ongoing challenges caused by the pandemic and the social emotional needs of our students.”
Leake continued, “We have worked with Charlene, first as chief operating officer and division chief and then as deputy commissioner, and know she has the experience needed to work together with all stakeholders to continue the important work of educating our state’s students. She also understands the challenges facing our educators and students and the need to address equity in our schools.”
“Charlene has a lot of experience working with school districts across Connecticut, which is why I believe her appointment to this position will seamlessly aid the state’s education goals during this transition period. I appreciate her willingness to take on this leadership role,” said Governor Lamont.
“I am humbled and grateful to Governor Lamont and the State Board of Education for placing their confidence in me to serve Connecticut’s students, families, and educators in this role,” Acting Commissioner Russell-Tucker said. “I will use this opportunity to continue to advance the work of the agency and our educational partners to ensure a seamless transition once a permanent commissioner is named.”
Now that an acting commissioner has been named, Governor Lamont and the State Board of Education will work together in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes to identify a permanent education commissioner.