David Craig for State School Superintendent
It came as a bit of a surprise yesterday when State School Superintendent Lillian Lowery announced that she was stepping down from her position to go to the private sector. This creates a tremenodous and unexpected opportunity for the State Board of Education. With five of the State Board members appointees of Governor Larry Hogan, the next pick can change the direction of our public schools.
Fortunately there’s a strong internal candidate already within the Hogan Administration. Planning Secretary David Craig has years of experience both in education and in public policy. Secretary Craig was a teacher and school administrator in Harford County for a long, long time. He has the understanding of how our public schools work, and what necessary changes need to be put into place to create a public school system that is world class in the real world and not just on paper.
Secretary Craig also has plenty of experience in public service as an elected official. Serving in the House of Delegates and the State Senate allowed him to help shape education policy from the legislative side. And his years as Mayor of Havre de Grace, Harford County Executive, and now Planning Secretary have provided him extensive executive experience running high-profile administrations and navigating government bureaucracy.
I’m not sure how much Secretary Craig has dug into his work at the Department of Planning yet, but in my view he can do far more to shape the future of our state by becoming State Superintendent of Schools. Our public schools need a drastic change in direction and leadership that prioritizes actual results as opposed to merely working to increase spending.
The State Board of Education may launch a national search. But in my view, the best candidate for the job is already right in our backyard.