Samantha Aigner-Treworgy, who’s led Massachusetts’ Department of Early Education and Care since August of 2019, just lately introduced plans to resign in the approaching weeks.
In a press release, Aigner-Treworgy stated that heading up the division throughout the COVID-19 pandemic “at a time when child care has played such a critical role for the commonwealth has been challenging and extremely rewarding.”
“Serving as Commissioner as we have risen to meet these unprecedented challenges has been the honor of my career, and I look forward to continuing to support the work ahead,” added Aigner-Treworgy, who oversaw the company because it grappled with program closures and new public well being measures.
The announcement got here because the state is already in search of a better education chief and as Boston hunts for a brand new superintendent, whereas the U.S. experiences a wave of exits amongst superintendents and principals in partly pushed by reactions to COVID-19 protocols.
Gov. Charlie Baker, talking with reporters in Brockton Wednesday, praised Aigner-Treworgy’s tenure. Baker prompt her resignation had “nothing to do with” any potential investigation by the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General, which was reported by Boston 25, citing unnamed sources.
“Commissioner Sam did a great job working through a very difficult period of time, especially for the early care and education community here in the commonwealth throughout the pandemic,” Baker stated. “I don’t know that much about the inspector general, but the bottom line is, you know, when they ask for stuff, we give it to them. But one has nothing to do with the other.”
Jack Meyers, a senior investigator and spokesperson for the Office of the Inspector General, informed MassLive Wednesday that the company can not verify or deny whether or not any given matter is below investigation.
Aigner-Treworgy plans to go away March 8, State House News Service reported. State lawmakers are at present ready on a report due in March from a fee inspecting early education funding, in accordance to the information service.
In a press release to MassLive, SEIU 509 praised Aigner-Treworgy for her management and collaboration.
“From guaranteeing childcare providers were paid in the face of pandemic-related closures, to advocating for childcare sustainability grants and creating emergency child care placements, she was an ally on policies that support working families and the workers that care for them,” the union stated.
Aigner-Treworgy’s resignation is considered one of a number of throughout the state in recent months.
Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago in January introduced plans to go away by the top of June after serving in the function since 2015, State House News Service reported.
“After 40 years of engagement as a faculty member, researcher and academic administrator, it is an opportune time for me to assist the [Board of Higher Education] in identifying new leadership and ensuring the completion of the commonwealth’s first 10-year strategic plan to achieve racial equity in higher education,” Santiago stated on the time.
Boston Superintendent Brenda Cassellius introduced her resignation earlier this month. She may also go away the place when the varsity yr wraps up in June.
“Working alongside so many people — parents, educators, community and faith leaders, and philanthropic partners — all dedicated to helping our children achieve their dreams has given new meaning to my vision of all hands on deck,” Cassellius stated in a letter relating to her resignation. “Together, we’ve laid a stronger foundation upon which BPS can continue to build. I love Boston and I’ve loved this job. My commitment to the district remains as strong as it was on the first day I arrived, and I will forever be a champion and supporter of the Boston Public Schools.”
Additionally, Anthony Monaco, the president of Tufts University introduced earlier this month that he plans to step down in the summer time of 2023, after 12 years main the varsity.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology introduced on Feb. 10 that its president, L. Rafael Reif, will step down on the finish of 2022, after greater than a decade.
Tom Scott, government director of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, informed MassLive on Wednesday that his counterparts throughout the nation are “seeing significant departures of superintendents and principals,” significantly amid “vitriol and disruptive behaviors” surrounding pandemic-related measures.
But in Massachusetts, the numbers of identified superintendent departures “has been pretty consistent with previous years, at least to this point,” he added.
- Boston Superintendent Brenda Cassellius to resign on the finish of the varsity yr