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Your Guide to Ohio's State Board of Education


The Ohio state Board of Education sets education policy for the entire state.  The board’s work includes determining Ohio’s academic content standards, adopting rules for state standardized tests and setting teacher licensing requirements, among other items.  The board sets administrative rules affecting schools and school districts, rules on school district territory transfers, district transportation decisions and educator license revocations. The board is also responsible for appointing and evaluating Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The board is comprised of 19 members. Eleven are elected to represent districts and eight are at-large members appointed by the governor. The chairs of the education committees of the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate serve as non-voting, ex officio members. The superintendent of public instruction serves as board secretary.

Debe Terhar of the Cincinnati area is the current board president.

The board generally meets on the second Monday and Tuesday of each month.

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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 [...]

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Morgan Linnabary of Defiance says he was placed in a seclusion room dozens of times.

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