Longtime Vermont educator, Franklin West Supervisory Union superintendent and all-around nice guy Armando Vilaseca was tapped this week to be Vermont's new education commissioner, according to this story in today's Burlington Free Press.
Some readers may recall that Vilaseca isn't just known for his education credentials. As Seven Days reported in March, Vilaseca, along with three other Vermonters with familial ties to Cuba, filed suit against the U.S. government for new rules that severely curtailed their ability to visit loved ones back in Cuba. Vilaseca, who came to the United States at age 8, was petitioning the government for the right to return to Cuba to visit his terminally ill aunt. (She has since died.) That lawsuit is pending.