Eye on Education

Former Ohio Department of Education Head Susan Zelman Rejoins the Department

Five years after quitting her post as Ohio state superintendent in the face of criticism from former Gov. Ted Strickland, Susan Zelman is now working for the Ohio Department of Education again.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Zelman will be working on school funding issues. (State lawmakers are about to work out a new way to fund Ohio schools and are considering Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to create a new $300 million school district grant program.)

Ohio Department of Education spokesperson John Charlton said Zelman’s position was newly created. Her hiring did not require state Board of Education approval, but was supported by the governor’s office, Charlton said. Zelman will report to Acting State Superintendent Michael Sawyers. Charlton wrote in an email:

National education leader and 10-year State Superintendent of Instruction for Susan Zelman appeared to be the perfect fit for this new position. Her familiarity with Ohio schools and the Department of Education as well as her expertise as national education leader more than qualified her for the role.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Susan Zelman, who was state superintendent for 10 years, has returned to the Ohio Department of Education to work with schools on funding issues. Zelman will be paid $119,995 a year to fill a newly created executive director position. She started today.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

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