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Hogan appoints four new members to Maryland state school board

Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed four new state school board members, whose stated support for school charters and more stringent academic accountability reflects the governors own thinking on education. Hogan appointees are now a majority of the 11 member board

Hogan announced the appointment of David Steiner, a former New York State Commissioner of Education, Michael Phillips, a Baltimore pastor who serves on the board of a charter school, and Justin Hartings, a former member of the Washington County school board.

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Kyle Smith will become the student school board member. He attends North Point High School in Charles County.

Steiner is currentlyexecutive director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and a professor of education at Hopkins University. He has supported the idea of more intensive government interventions for failing schools.

Phillips is currently the senior pastor of the Kingdom Life Church, and serves on the board of Green Street Academy. He has also been involved in MarylandCAN, an education advocacy group. Phillips has spoken against legislation that he believed usurped the authority of the state school board, and said the state should have the power to turn failing schools into charters.

Hartings is president of Biaera Technologies of Hagerstown, a life sciences company. He was elected member of the Washington County Board of Education and served a term as president.

@lizbowie

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