JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Board of Education and Early Development has outlined a process for picking a new education commissioner that will last until at least May.
The board's schedule calls for taking applications for the job until April 18 and interviewing finalists May 9.
In a news release, Board Chairman Richard Mauer said the board wants to close the achievement gap between Native and non-Native students and successfully implement the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The new commissioner will need to help Alaska meet those goals, Mauer said.
Candidates need at least a master's degree in education and five years experience in the field, including three as an administrator.
Final approval for the commissioner comes from Gov. Frank Murkowski.
Shirley Holloway, who was education commissioner under Democrat Gov. Tony Knowles, retired in February.
Murkowski, a Republican, appointed her to the state Education Board, so she will help pick her successor.
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