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Patrick: Ex-Mass. Ed Official Violated No Rules

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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.”

EARLIER STORY FROM THE AP AS FOLLOWS:

Gov. Deval Patrick says former commissioner of early education Sherri Killins did not violate any rules by participating in an outside training program or living in Connecticut.

Killins stepped down earlier this week amid questions about whether her participation in a school superintendent training program was taking significant time away from her nearly $200,000-a-year state job.

Patrick said during an appearance Thursday on WGBH-FM that a review by his administration found that Killins was using vacation time and other time-off entitlements to complete the program, which required 300 hours of field work.

Patrick said he would have preferred that Killins lived in Massachusetts, but there was no rule requiring her to do so.

He also defended the administration’s decision to allow Killins to remain on as a consultant for two months at her state salary.

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