The state school board voted Tuesday to allow the appointment of non-educators to superintendent positions.
The new regulation passed despite significant protest by educators across the state, including the association representing local school boards.
Across the nation, it is not unusual for individuals with a track record of success in another field to take the helm of a school system. Most notably, Joel Klein, a lawyer, headed the New York City school district from 2002 to 2010.
The impetus for the change came last year, when members of the board set up a task force to look at creating a new regulation that would allow local school boards to go outside of the usual education circles and find an “exceptional” leader.
Maryland currently requires its superintendents to have specific academic credentials, as well as teaching and administrative experience.
The new regulations do not go as far as many board members would have liked.