A state board unanimously signed off on Gov. Paul LePage’s nominee to keep leading the Department of Education.

 The Board of Education’s effusive letter supporting the governor’s nomination of Acting Education Commissioner Robert Hasson to that permanent position led LePage to announce the nomination on Thursday.

The governor announced his intent to nominate Hasson last month. His appointment is subject to approval by the Maine Senate after a confirmation hearing before the Legislature’s Education Committee.

Hasson is expected to be confirmed easily and would be Maine’s first full-fledged education commissioner since 2014, when Jim Rier left the post. Since then, LePage has shifted acting commissioners in and out of the role. 

Robert Hasson

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