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Paola DeMaria, an apologist for Ohio’s floundering, politically powerful, corrupt charter industry, has been named as State Superintendent. He is not an educator and proud of it.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer says he is a strong supporter of school choice and Common Core. Does he care about the public schools that enroll more than 90% of Ohio’s children? That’s not clear.
Stephen Dyer notes that DeMaria has defended charters when school boards claim that they are draining resources from public schools.
“DeMaria also is of the opinion that more money doesn’t improve student performance. This is a classic fallacy employed by many in the free market reform movement. The problem is it compares dollars spent with increases in test scores, claiming that if test scores don’t go up at the same rate as the spending, then clearly spending more doesn’t matter.”
Bill Phillis of the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy posted the new superintendent’s background:
“Profile of the new Superintendent of Public Instruction
“Statement in letter of application:
“Second, I love education policy and practice. My love is not rooted in the fact that I’m a professional educator-because I’m not.”
1984 Furman University B.A. Political Science/Economics
1996 The Ohio State University M.P.A. Public Administration
Question 2 on the application:
Are you eligible for a superintendent license for this position? NO
2010-present Principal Consultant, Education First Consulting, LLC
2008-2010 Executive Vice Chancellor, Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly Ohio Board of Regents)
2004-2008 Associate Superintendent for School Options and Finance
2000-2004 Chief Policy Advisor/Director of Cabinet Affairs-Office of the Governor
1999-2000 Senior Resident Advisor-Barents Group, LLC
1998-1999 Director-State of Ohio/Office of Budget and Management
1991-1998 Assistant Director-State of Ohio/Office of Budget and Management
1988-1991 Senior Fiscal Analyst-State of Ohio/The Ohio Senate
Bill Phillis writes:
“Departure from tradition:
“Since the position of state superintendency was established in 1913, it has been filled from the ranks of professionals in the field of public education.
“A new era has begun. Steve Dyer, Policy Fellow with Innovation Ohio, made some observations today. The Cleveland Plain Dealer article also provides some interesting insights.”
Ohio E & A