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President Obama Reveals His Picks for IES Board

President Obama on Tuesday announced his picks to fill some long-empty seats on the National Board for Education Sciences.

And, as they say at the Oscars, the nominees are:
Deborah Loewenberg Ball, dean of the education school at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Adam Gamoran, a professor of sociology and educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research; Bridget Terry Long, professor of education and economics at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education; and Margaret R. (Peggy) McLeod, executive director of student services and special education in the Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia.

These selections are long overdue. Created to advise the federal Institute of Education Sciences on education research matters, the 15-member board has been hobbling along with six members for nearly a year and even had to postpone one meeting for lack of a quorum. But the wait isn't yet over. The nominations have yet to be approved by Congress.

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