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Former Kasich Education Advisor Bob Sommers Opens the Kimono

If only government officials were this chatty while they were still in office. A couple weeks ago, Bob Sommers, lead education advisor to Gov. John Kasich, announced his resignation, effective Jan. 31. (He’ll be replaced by former superintendent Richard Ross.) On Feb. 1, this interview with lead Kasich education advisor Bob Sommers ran on education pundit [...]

Kasich’s Teacher Evaluation Recommendations: A Translation

Gene Han / Flickr Thousands of teachers responded to Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s request for their thoughts on how to design a new way to evaluate and pay teachers. Over the past six months or so, Kasich lead education adviser Robert Sommers and Ohio Teacher Liaison Sarah Dove combed through teachers’ letters and emails to [...]

How Ohio’s Teacher Liaison Separates the Personal from the Professional

In what she calls her “personal role”, Ohio teacher liaison and former Kasich campaign worker Sarah Dove is a supporter of Senate Bill 5, the law that would limit collective bargaining and replace salary ladders with performance pay, among other things. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you probably [...]

Meet Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Chosen Teacher

Ohio Department of Education Senior Policy Director Sarah Dove.

“I disagree with so much of what OEA says and does. I can’t imagine them taking even one more penny from my paycheck.” That’s a Facebook post from Ohio’s new teacher liaison, an elementary teacher from Gahanna named Sarah Dove who has been charged with reaching out to educators across the state to get their [...]

State Board of Ed to Interview Lone Superintendent Finalist Monday

First there were three, now only one remains. Reynoldsburg Superintendent Steve Dackin withdrew his name from consideration for the state superintendent job today, the day before the state Board of Education was scheduled to interview him and one other finalist, former Illinois state superintendent Robert Schiller, according to the Columbus Dispatch: In a letter addressed [...]

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