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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 [...]

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.

How Ohio’s Board of Ed Found its New State Superintendent

Ohio’s interim superintendent is no longer interim. The Ohio Board of Education gave Stan Heffner  the job on a permanent  basis today, the day before he was to sign the papers on a house in Texas and head there to work for the private Educational Testing Service. Heffner has been with the Ohio Department of [...]

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