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 ( 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…

  • Geeze… King John keeps running our state into the ground!

  • Probably King John wanted to pander to the Ohio State vote but I think the “Christian conservative viewpoints” had something to do with it too

  • duckmonkeyman

    I’d better start working in more physics of a football pass into my lessons. Plus measurements and significant figures as Jesus was a carpenter.

  • Think.

    Mr. Jackson should get along well with the other state board of education members who are also charter school advocates/owners. All of these people, who share the governor’s (privatizing) vision on education, are the ones that Kasich has entrusted with making high-stakes decisions for Ohio’s public schools. The fate of public education in Ohio is in a very precarious position!

  • dmoore2222

    Could it get any more comical?

  • xx

    Touchdown Jesus at all school football stadiums? Will that be his first recommendation?

  • retired Mercer

    I bet Mr. Jackson’s “singer gender ” school will be singing the parises of Gov. Kasich, as they take taxpayer money for their charter school.

  • EdubratEdubrat

    Better buy another iPad with taxpayer dollars ODE…..oh and all while teachers are scraping to get by….this is some brilliant stuff!

  • Clecinosu

    Kasich will soon appoint Joe Germaine to bail Jackson out of this job, too.

  • gregmild

    All I can say is that we have seen no evidence that Jackson has ever been a part of an operating charter school or that he has actually applied to open a charter school (according to ODE).

    I guess that makes it better from one angle, but worse from another.

  • BT

    It continues to astound me that people with absolutely zero background or training in the field of education (proposing or opening a charter school does not qualify as ‘training’), are plunked into positions of power to make decisions about YOUR children, MY children, OUR classrooms!

  • carywill

    Is the correct address for his website? I wanted to read it, but when I went to the address, it was listed as available by godaddy. Thanks.

  • TJsClone

    Or mope around the sidelines when his team does well, and he had nothing to do with it.

  • TJsClone

    A joke. Just like his career as an OSU QB.

  • gregmild

    Yes, that is the correct site and no, it’s not available. GoDaddy offers to help you purchase the domain name (through the owner), but you’ll notice if you go to that page it clarifies that the site is “parked for FREE courtesy of”

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