New England News
10:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Former Mass. Early Ed. Commissioner Clears State Review Over Outside Internship

BOSTON (AP) — A state review has found no "serious wrongdoing" by former early education commissioner Sherri Killins, who participated in an internship outside of her state job.

But Education Secretary Matt Malone says some administrative procedures apparently were not followed.

Killins stepped down from her post earlier this week amid questions about whether her participation in the school superintendent training program, which required her to spend 300 hours in the town of Ware, was distracting from her ability to perform her nearly $200,000-a-year state job.

Malone's review included an analysis of Killins' schedule and expense reports.

In the future, Malone recommended that the commissioner and other managers get approval from the secretary before engaging in any outside employment — paid or unpaid.

Gov. Deval Patrick also said Thursday that Killins did not violate any rules and had been an "able commissioner."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.