Andrew Smarick elected president of Maryland State Board of Education

Education policy wonk Andy Smarick voted as Maryland's state school board president.

Andrew Smarick, a longtime education policy expert who has worked on the national and state level, was elected president of the Maryland State Board of Education Tuesday.

Smarick, who was appointed as a member of the school board a year ago by Gov. Larry Hogan, works as a partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit. He was formerly an education official at the U.S. Department of Education under President George W. Bush.

Smarick is also a prolific tweeter and has nearly 15,000 followers.

The school board votes each year on who will be its president and vice-president. The vote is usually decided in private session and then formally taken in public.The election of Smarick was unanimous. School board members are volunteers appointed to the board by the governor.

The school board also made S. James Gates Jr, a prominent theoretical physicist and long time board member, vice-president. Gates is a physics professor at the University of Maryland College Park. He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2013.

The two new leaders have been outspoken members of the board.

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