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Acting Ohio Department of Education Head Michael Sawyers to Move On

Michael Sawyers is Ohio's acting superintendent of public instruction.

Michael Sawyers, the current acting head of the Ohio Department of Education, will leave the department next week, the Columbus Dispatch reports. The news of Sawyers’ departure comes less than a week after the state Board of Education passed over him to fill the post permanently. Sawyers has served as acting state superintendent of public instruction since the August resignation [...]

Richard Ross Named Ohio State Superintendent

Kasich education advisor Richard Ross presents the new school funding formula.

The Ohio Board of Education named Richard Ross the new state superintendent of public instruction today. Ross, 63, is currently the lead education advisor for Gov. John Kasich. He served as superintendent of the Reynoldsburg school district in central Ohio for 20 years before retiring in 2008.

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


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 [...]

Who Wants to Be Ohio’s Next State Superintendent?


russell davies / Flickr The applicants for Ohio’s top K-12 education post include several former state schools chiefs as well as the former president of a national school-choice organization and the lead consultant on the takeover of the Detroit public schools Ohio’s last state superintendent of public instruction resigned in August after the state inspector general found [...]

Key Ohio Education Agencies Now Without Permanent Leaders

motel vacancy sign

Thomas Hawk / Flickr The state agencies that oversee Ohio K-12 and higher education are now without permanent leaders. The Ohio Department of Education has been without a permanent state superintendent of public instruction since former state superintendent Stan Heffner resigned in August. His deputy, Michael Sawyers, now serves as acting state superintendent. But Sawyers  has applied [...]

What the Ohio 2012 School Report Card Delay Means for Parents, Teachers and Communities

Doug Waldron / Flickr Ohio is delaying the release of school report cards indefinitely pending the outcome of a statewide investigation into whether some schools  manipulated student data to make their state report card grades look better. “The report cards are intended to give an accurate picture of how well schools are doing and they [...]

Up to 100 Ohio Schools Are Potential Targets of Attendance Rigging Investigation

Up to 100 Ohio schools — less than 3 percent of all charter and traditional public schools in the state — may have improperly changed student attendance data to make the school’s state report card look better, an Ohio Department of Education official said yesterday. Acting state Superintendent Michael Sawyers said department staff helped investigators [...]

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 [...]

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