Matt Malone, last in the news when the Brockton School Committee voted 5-2 to end his contract despite there being one year left in it, will be Governor Patrick's next Secretary of Education. (That's him to the left of outgoing Secretary Paul Reville in the Globe photo.) He is a 2003 graduate of the Broad Academy.
The Brockton vote came after a June evaluation in which Malone was given a composite 2.77 out of a possible 5 score, and after what appears to be a contentious time (and an ongoing issue over residency, which is required of the Brockton Superintendent). Malone came to Brockton, hailed as a "rock star," in 2009 from Swampscott, where he faced a vote of 'no confidence' from the local teachers' union in 2008; you can find his response here. He also denied being a rock star. Malone came to Swampscott from a job as assistant to the superintendent in San Diego, where he worked on "school turnarounds." Before that, he was a headmaster in the Boston Public Schools, having first taught social studies and having begun his career in education as a paraprofessional.
He is a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, and a graduate of Suffolk University and of Boston College.