Ohio

Eye on Education

Topics

Stan Heffner is Ohio's former state superintendent of public instruction.

Who is Former State Superintendent Stan Heffner?

Background

Stan Heffner served as Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction and was responsible for leading the Ohio Department of Education. He was appointed interim superintendent after the resignation of former state superintendent Deborah Delisle in March 2011. Two months later, the State Board of Education appointed him as the permanent state superintendent, a role he officially started in August 2011.

Heffner resigned his post effective Aug. 10 in the face of growing public criticism of ethics violations and amid an ongoing statewide investigation into school districts’ changing student attendance and enrollment data to improve their state ratings. Former Deputy Superintendent Michael Sawyers assumed Heffner’s duties upon his resignation.

Heffner led the Department of Education’s Center for Curriculum and Assessment from 2004 until his appointment as interim state superintendent. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the state’s academic content standards and ensuring the state’s assessment programs were aligned to those standards and for overseeing the state’s school accountability system, including issuing annual report cards.

Heffner began his career teaching in South Dakota and later became South Dakota’s deputy secretary of education and cultural affairs. In Ohio, he has worked in school districts since the mid-1980s, including 15 years as superintendent of the Madison Local School District in Lake County.

Heffner completed doctoral course work at the University of Idaho. He earned his master’s degree in school administration and his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Northern State University in South Dakota.

Latest Posts

How to Tell the Difference Between the Contenders for Ohio State Superintendent

Boxer

In one corner, vying for the post of Ohio’s next state superintendent, is Dick Ross, Gov. John Kasich’s lead education advisor and the guy who crafted many of Ohio’s major education policy changes of the past year. In the other corner is Michael Sawyers, the former number-two at the Ohio Department of Education and the [...]

The Top 10 Ohio Education Stories of 2012

Blue number ten 10

Whether you call it reform, revolution, transformation or transmutation, the pace of change in the world of Ohio education continues to speed up. As we move into what’s likely to be another year of change in Ohio schools, we’ve whittled things down to this list of the 10 biggest Ohio education stories of 2012. 1. [...]

Prosecutors say Heffner Acted Inappropriately, Not Criminally

Former Ohio Schools’ Superintendent Stan Heffner may have resigned amidst controversy, but it doesn’t look like he’ll actually face any criminal charges. Heffner officially stepped down from the state’s top education post last month, following an investigation by Ohio Inspector General Randall J. Meyer. The year-long probe found that last year Heffner testified before Ohio [...]

Ohio Department of Education Accountability Head Bill Zelei Resigns

The head of the Ohio Department of Education division responsible for school accountability, including producing school report cards, has resigned. Bill Zelei’s resignation comes in the midst of investigations into whether Ohio schools have improperly manipulated student attendance data and whether the state education department bears responsibility for any wrongdoing. The investigations have led to [...]

Ohio State Board of Ed Mounting National Search for Permanent Leader

Chrisinplymouth / Flickr The Ohio State Board of Education will hire an outside search firm to help it find a new leader for the state Department of Education. Former state Superintendent Stan Heffner resigned last month after a report by the state inspector general detailed how he inappropriately lobbied for a private testing company last year. Michael [...]

Ohio Democrats Say State Schools’ Chief is Getting Off Easy

Last Thursday, Ohio’s Inspector General released a report that concluded the state schools’ chief, Stan Heffner, had “failed to meet the standards of proper governmental conduct.” Within two days, Stan Heffner had resigned. The Inspector General’s report was based on testimony Stan Heffner gave last year before Ohio lawmakers supporting a bill that increases teacher [...]

Ohio State Superintendent Stan Heffner Resigns Amid Ethics Charges, Attendance Rigging Investigation

Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Stan Heffner publicly announced his resignation Saturday in the face of growing public criticism of ethics violations. His resignation comes amid an ongoing statewide investigation into school districts’ changing student attendance and enrollment data to boost their state ratings. In a written statement, Heffner said he was resigning to prevent “opponents [...]

State Superintendent Apologizes for Ethics Lapse

Last week the state auditor’s office announced it will investigate the Ohio Department of Education to see if it was involved in attendance rigging at Ohio schools. Now, the Inspector General has logged an ethics violation against the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

About StateImpact

StateImpact seeks to inform and engage local communities with broadcast and online news focused on how state government decisions affect your lives.
Learn More »

Economy
Education