New public schools chief in Ohio reports to work

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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