Ohio state school board has 6 of 11 elected seats up for grabs

Catherine Candisky
 
| The Columbus Dispatch

Voters are electing six members of the state Board of Education this year, including three representing the central Ohio area.

The half-dozen seats are among the 11 elected positions on the board. Another eight members are appointed by the governor.

The 19-member panel creates policy and makes recommendations for K-12 education, and hires the state superintendent.

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While members are elected in nonpartisan races, the board has been political at times. Most recently, the board sparred over a resolution ultimately approved 12-5 in July condemning hate speech and racism in schools, directing the Department of Education to review curriculum models and tests for racial bias, and requiring bias training for employees.

The resolution followed the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed while in the custody of Minneapolis police, triggering protests across the nation. Conservatives

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Education professor elected to Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Maryanne Wolf, distinguished professor of education and director of the UCLA Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners and Social Justice, has been elected a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, a body of 80 scientists from around the world.

With this appointment, the Vatican recognizes Wolf’s work in applying science to education, in tandem with Pope Francis’ expressed goal of utilizing science to improve the lives of the world’s impoverished populations, particularly children. Wolf is one of a very few women who are members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and one of only several academicians directly applying neuroscience to global issues in education.

Prior to arriving at UCLA, Wolf was the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, and the director of the Center for Reading and Language Development in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. She is affiliated with the

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