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Ky. education commissioner not appointed to lead Baltimore school district

Ky. Commissioner of Education Jason Glass
Kentucky Department of Education
Ky. Commissioner of Education Jason Glass

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Jason Glass was in the running to lead Baltimore County Public Schools. But the board chose another finalist.

Glass will remain in his post for at least a little while longer.

Last week news leaked that Kentucky’s top education official was among four finalists for superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). The Maryland district of 111,000 students announced Tuesday that the board chose a different finalist: Myriam Yarbrough.

Yarbrough is BCPS’ current deputy superintendent.

A Kentucky Department of Education spokesperson said Glass is still considering other career opportunities that “he is not at liberty to discuss.”

“Dr. Glass was honored to have been considered for superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, alongside three other highly-qualified candidates. He wishes the new superintendent and BCPS great success going forward. It is a wonderful community and school district,” KDE spokesperson Toni Konz Tatman said in an emailed statement.

“[Glass] will continue to faithfully execute his duties as Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education and appreciates the opportunity to serve in this role.”

Glass’ contract is up in September of 2024, but Republican state lawmakers and politicians have made Kentucky politically hostile to the commissioner over his support for LGBTQ students.

Some called on Glass to resign over guidance that advised teachers to call trans and nonbinary students by their correct pronouns.

Glass is from Kentucky. He taught at Hazard High School from 1996 to 1998, before beginning a career in educational leadership. Before his role as Kentucky’s education commissioner, Glass was the superintendent of two Colorado school districts and the top education official for the state of Iowa.

Jess is LPM's Education and Learning Reporter. Jess has reported on K-12 education for public radio audiences for the past five years, from the swamps of Southeast Louisiana at WWNO, New Orleans Public Radio, to the mountains of North Carolina at WUNC in Chapel Hill. Her stories have aired on national programs and podcasts, including NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition, Here & Now and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. A Louisville native, Jess has her bachelor's degree from Centre College, and her masters in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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