New director gets final approval to lead Ohio’s revamped education department

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s recently revamped education department has a new director, approved by the Republican-majority Senate on Wednesday.

Steve Dackin, who will head the new Department of Education and Workforce, was already appointed by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine earlier this month, but required the final go-ahead from upper chamber lawmakers.

Dackin said in an emailed statement to The Associated Press that he was both honored and excited to lead the department, adding that with the governor, they “have a significant opportunity to shape the outcome for Ohio’s students and families, the future workforce and, ultimately, the success of our state and its residents.”

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