Chris Braunlich elected president of Virginia Board of Education

Christian N. Braunlich of Fairfax County has been elected president of the Virginia Board of Education.

The new leader of the board — which oversees academic standards, graduation requirements and teacher qualifications — was elected unanimously by fellow board members at their most recent meeting Thursday.

Braunlich was appointed to the board in July 2011 by then-Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), and he became chairman of a committee on charter schools. He had served previously on the Fairfax School Board from 1996 through 2003.

Braunlich is vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, which promotes free markets, limited government and individual responsibility.

In his new role, he is replacing David Foster, a former Arlington School Board member whose four-year term on the state board ended in January.

Michael Alison Chandler writes about schools and families in the Washington region.

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