New Public Schools Chief in Ohio Reports to Work

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state’s new public schools chief says he wants Ohio to develop a sweeping vision for its education system as it adapts to a new federal law allowing states more flexibility over testing, academics and struggling schools.

Superintendent Paolo DeMaria was hired last month in a rare unanimous vote of the state school board. He bicycled to his first day of work Monday then mingled over doughnuts with about 300 Department of Education employees.

He told The Associated Press he plans to gather wide input in developing Ohio’s plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

DeMaria said he will also be closely monitoring operations of the state’s charter school oversight office after a scandal over evaluation tampering last year that ended in a director’s resignation.