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LePage says he won’t make himself DOE commissioner

Gov. Paul LePage has clarified he will not be appointing himself as Commissioner of Education when Acting Commissioner William Beardsley’s term expires, but instead will be signing paperwork that needs an official signature.

In an impromptu press conference at the State House, Gov. LePage clarified remarks made early in the day when he said he would appoint himself as commissioner. Instead, he will likely make Beardsley deputy commissioner, but sign paperwork that needs approval on the level of a commissioner.

The governor on Wednesday pulled Beardsley’s nomination to become permanent commissioner when he learned the nomination did not have enough support on the Education Committee.

Beardsley will likely become deputy commissioner when his six-month stint as acting commissioner runs out in April. That is when LePage says he will step in and sign documents that need an official signature.

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