Allan Taylor has again become the chair of the state board charged with implementing the governor’s statewide education reforms.

Taylor was nominated to the State Board of Education and named chairman by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The nomination was approved by the General Assembly last month.

The 11-person State Board Education has recently experienced some turnover, which left the board at their meeting last month with the minimum number of members required to convene a meeting and temporarily without a chair and vice chair.

Taylor, who was the chairman of the board before his term expired in February, was sworn into office at Wednesday’s state board meeting. Andrea Comer was also sworn in.

The board’s previous vice chair Theresa Hopkins-Staten has been nominated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to rejoin the board and awaits confirmation by the General Assembly.

Two vacancies on the board remain.

 
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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

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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