Yesterday afternoon in a press release from the Governor’s Office, they announced that Governor Kasich had appointed Stanley Jackson to the State Board of Education to fill the remainder of the term of the recently retired Dennis Reardon.
According to the Dispatch’s Joe Vardon, Kasich’s office could not produce a resume for the Buckeye QB:
The Kasich administration announced Jackson’s appointment at 5:15 p.m. Monday. Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said the staff could not immediately produce Jackson’s resume, but that one would be available Tuesday.
Nichols said Jackson was selected because he’s a father of four, was involved in a Columbus-area charter school, is from a rural district (a requirement), and “shares the governor’s vision on education.”
Here at Plunderbund we were able to track down a brief bio about Jackson. It briefly explains Jackson’s charter school connection (all typos are from the original publication), but does little to reveal how he came to Kasich’s attention as the best choice to fill one of only eight Governor appointments to the State Board of Education:
Stanley Jackson was the starting Quarterback for The Ohio State University 1996 and 1997, Captain and rose bowl champ in 1997. He was selected as a free agent by the Seattle Seahawks in 1998 and played seven years in the Canadian Football League for three different teams.
Mr. Jackson has been married for 12 years on May 6th to the greatest woman on earth, Ronita. They have four fantastic children, Stanley Jr. 8, Ronald 5, Tre’ Major 3 and Jazmyn Stana 10 months.
Mr. Jackson does color commentary on 610 WTVN for the best Buckeye coverage and has just started a new show called Jacksonville Sunday Nights from 7 – 9 p.m. Stanley Jackson is the founder of Masters Preparatory Academy Charter School a singer gender school for African American males, and Integrated American Media (IAM) television network which provides Christian conservative viewpoints for minority communities.
Masters Preparatory Academy Charter School is not yet in operation in Ohio and the recently registered website (mpaam.org) lists Jackson’s home address in Marion as the organization’s location. Neither is it listed by the Ohio Department of Education as a prospective school that will be opening in the 2012-2013 school year. So, with no apparent direct involvement in any educational institution at the present time, there does not appear to be any conflict of interest in Jackson’s appointment to the seat.
While we’re sure that “shares the governor’s vision on education” is the only qualification Jackson needed to meet Kasich’s approval, we’re super excited for the big reveal of the OSU star’s resume detailing his educational experience (maybe from his seven years in Canada?) and revealing the Paterson, NJ, athlete’s connection to Governor Kasich. Since Jackson’s oft-stated goal has been to successfully operate a national television station, we’re truly curious about when public education entered the mix (since any mention of it is absent).
Let’s just hope they didn’t entrust the resume to Josh Mandel’s office…