Outgoing Hartford School Superintendent Steven Adamowski says he’s not a candidate to become the state’s next education commissioner.

“I am not an applicant,” he said Wednesday at the State Capitol.

The state’s top education job has been vacant since former Commissioner Mark McQuillan unexpectedly resigned in January. Adamowski has been one of the people talked about as possible candidates.

Asked in January if he planned to apply, Adamowski said it was an interesting opportunity but he would need to be courted.

“I don’t go after those positions, people usually approach me,” he said.

The State Board of Education has been searching for months for someone to lead the agency, but few people have applied. As a result, the board has extended the application deadline until the end of June.

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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