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John Goff, a former state schools chief for Ohio, has joined the Council for Basic Education as a senior fellow.

John Goff

Mr. Goff, 60, recently retired from the Ohio education department, ending a 38-year career in public education. He served as superintendent of the Vandalia and Kettering districts, both in Ohio, before becoming an assistant state superintendent 1989. He was the superintendent of public instruction from 1995 to 1998.

Mr. Goff has been credited with raising teaching standards and student-performance rates in Ohio, as well as introducing district report cards. The Washington-based council is a nonprofit organization that promotes high academic standards for students.

Ann Benson

Ann Benson, 53, a former assistant state vocational-technical director for Oklahoma, has been named the interim replacement for Roy Peters, who has resigned as the director of the state's vocational-technical-education program.

Mr. Peters, 56, stepped down from the post last month to become the president and chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence in Tulsa.

Maria Guadalupe Ramos

Maria Guadalupe Ramos has been named the 1999 Bilingual Teacher of the Year by the Washington-based National Association for Bilingual Education. Ms. Ramos, 45, teaches 1st and 2nd graders at the 876-student Harris Elementary School in Austin, Texas, where she has been working for the past three years.

Ms. Ramos, who began teaching in 1978, will receive a professional-development scholarship from Scholastic Inc., educational travel from the Mexican government, and a scholarship to study abroad from the Spanish government.

--Marnie Roberts

Vol. 18, Issue 23, Page 2

Published in Print: February 17, 1999, as People
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