Nominee for top RI education post bows out


Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s pick to lead a new state board overseeing public and higher education in the state has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Chafee’s office announced Friday that George Caruolo no longer wants to be chairman of the new state Board of Education.

In a statement, Caruolo says the position’s demands are too great and that he must focus on supporting his family. Caruolo, an attorney, has two children in college.

Caruolo, a former state lawmaker, was appointed as chairman of the state Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education last year.

This year lawmakers merged that panel with the Board of Governors for Higher Education into a single Board of Education.

The state Senate must approve Chafee’s nomination to lead the board.

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