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Educational Studies Prof. Carl Cohn reappointed to California State Board of Education

Friday, January 17, 2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed Claremont Graduate University (CGU) School of Educational Studies Professor Carl Cohn to the California State Board of Education.

Carl CohnThis will be Cohn's second consecutive term on the board. Brown first appointed him in January, 2011.

The board is the governing and policy-making body of the California Department of Education. It sets K-12 education policy in the areas of standards, instructional materials, assessment, and accountability. It adopts textbooks for grades K-8, adopts regulations to implement legislation, and has authority to grant waivers of the Education Code.  The board has 11 members, all appointed by the governor.

Cohn, whose distinguished career in education has spanned more than 30 years, is the co-director of the Urban Leadership Program at CGU.

He served as the superintendent of schools for the San Diego Unified School District from 2005 to 2007 and as the superintendent of schools for the Long Beach Unified School District from 1992 to 2002.  During his leadership in Long Beach, the district achieved record attendance, the lowest rate of suspension in a decade, decreases in student failure and dropout rates, and an increase in the number of students taking college preparatory classes.

He will continue to teach at CGU while serving on the board.

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