Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen is leaving his post to work with a national education lobbying group. Gov. Paul LePage says Bowen has taken a job with the Council of Chief State School Officers, which bills itself as non-partisaon.
Bowen will head the group's Innovation Lab Network, a group of states that promotes education reform.
Bowen has headed the state's Department of Education since March of 2011. His last day on the job will be Sept. 12.
"I am pleased that Steve will be working to implement innovative practices throughout the nation's educational systems," LePage says, in a statement. "It is encouraging that a national organization committed to educational excellence has recognized Commissioner's Bowen passion and dedication for improving schools and student outcomes. We wish him well, and we hope that he can continue to improve Maine?s educational system by introducing best practices from around the country to our state."
LePage says an acting commissioner will be appointed in the coming weeks.