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With board appointments, Hogan can shape education policy early in his term

With board appointments, Hogan can shape education policy early in his term

Due to a quirk in state law, Gov. Larry Hogan is making a slew of new appointments to state and local school boards this year, giving him the opportunity to steer the state's education policy toward a more conservative view. Some of the appointees already named reflect Hogan's concerns about the Common Core standards and his desire to expand charter schools. And more are coming: of the 22 school board appointments Hogan can make in Central Maryland this year, only 15 have been filled so far. "It is a lot of educational policy in the governor's hands," said Henry Smith, an assistant professor of education policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education....

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