For the second time since January, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ top education aide has left his staff.
Former Morehouse Parish School District Superintendent Richard H. Hartley held the post briefly after the resignation of Jeanne Johnson.
“He has retired based on a doctor’s recommendation,” Shauna Sanford, a spokeswoman for Edwards, said Wednesday.
Erin Monroe Wesley, special counsel for Edwards who oversees legislative affairs, has been handling some of the governor’s public school duties, including appearances in the House and Senate education committees.
Wesley said Hartley’s post will be filled.
Hartley was paid $90,000 per year.
He was superintendent of the Morehouse Parish school system from 2002-08.
The 2016 regular legislative session, which ends on Monday at 6 p.m., has been dominated by financial issues, including a $600 million shortfall starting July 1.
Edwards’ gave up on key parts of his public schools agenda earlier, including efforts to curb the growth of charter schools and restrict access to vouchers.
Both efforts faced opposition in the Legislature.
In addition, public schools face a $44 million drop in state aid for the 2016-17 school year and a possible $7.4 million reduction in the current financial year for enrollment gains.
Hartley’s resignation was effective May 20.
He could not be reached for comment.
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