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Ohio voters to elect six members to state Board of Education

The Columbus Dispatch |

The half-dozen seats are among the 11 elected positions on the board. Another eight members are appointed by the governor.

While members are elected in nonpartisan races, the board has been political at times. Most recently, the board sparred over a resolution ultimately approved 12-5 in July condemning hate speech and racism in schools, directing the Department of Education to review curriculum models and tests for racial bias, and requiring bias training for employees.

The 19-member panel creates policy and makes recommendations for K-12 education, and hires the state superintendent.