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Debe Terhar is president of the state Board of Education.

Meet Ohio State Board of Education President Debe Terhar

Background

Debe Terhar was elected to the Ohio state Board of Education in November 2010 and began her term on January 1, 2011. Her term ends December 31, 2014.

Terhar represents District 4 in southwestern Ohio, including Cincinnati and Dayton. She lives in Cincinnati.

Terhar, a Republican, was elected president of the state board in March 2011 with the support of Gov. John Kasich and reelected to the post in January 2013. She served as president of the Hamilton County Republican Women’s Club and has been active in the Tea Party movement.

Terhar is a former Montessori school teacher.

Her husband, Louis Terhar, was appointed to an open seat in the Ohio House of Representatives in September 2011 after the incumbent resigned and reelected to the seat in November 2012.

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State Board of Education President Debe Terhar Apologizes for Hitler Post

State Board of Education President Debe Terhar apologized today for posting a wrongly attributed quote from Adolph Hitler related to gun control on her personal Facebook page. But the state board voted 10-6 against removing her from her position as president. Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen reports: Democrats demanded Terhar’s resignation, but they didn’t get [...]

Liberal Groups Call for School Board President’s Resignation Over Facebook Post

State Board of Education President Debe Terhar is taking heat for a post on her personal Facebook page. Terhar shared a picture of Adolf Hitler along with a misattributed quote that says: “Never forget what this tyrant said, ‘to conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.’” The item came from a conservative page critical of President [...]

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Ohio State Board of Ed Mounting National Search for Permanent Leader

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State Superintendent Candidate Withdraws, Gets Raise to Stay in Current Position

After one of two remaining finalists to serve as Ohio’s state superintendent withdrew from consideration, the State Board of Education met to interview lone finalist, former Illinois state superintendent Robert Schiller. Board President Debe Terhar said she first learned that Reynoldsburg Superintendent Stephen Dackin was considering withdrawing from consideration at 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon, when [...]

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First there were three, now only one remains. Reynoldsburg Superintendent Steve Dackin withdrew his name from consideration for the state superintendent job today, the day before the state Board of Education was scheduled to interview him and one other finalist, former Illinois state superintendent Robert Schiller, according to the Columbus Dispatch: In a letter addressed [...]

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