New public schools chief in Ohio reports to work

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s new public schools chief has reported to work.

The state school board selected Paolo DeMaria (POW’-loh dee-muh-REE’-uh) last month in a rare unanimous vote as the state’s next superintendent of public instruction. He started Monday.

DeMaria is a well-regarded expert on Ohio education policy and worked in government going back to the 1980s. DeMaria served as adviser to the state Senate and to two former Republican governors, George Voinovich and Bob Taft. He also served as state budget director.

DeMaria also was a vice chancellor of the Board of Regents during Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland’s administration and worked previously at the Education Department.

He most recently worked as a consultant.

DeMaria is replacing former superintendent Richard Ross, who retired Dec. 31. Lonny Rivera served in the interim.