After we first reported extensive details about the appointment of former Ohio State quarterback Stanley Jackson to a vacant seat on Ohio’s State Board of Education, many news outlets have used our information as the source for their own stories (uncredited, as usual).  But in a strange round of I-can-dig-up-more-dirt-than-you, Jackson has become the target of unfair attacks on his own character by mainstream media outlets.

And when we’re calling out unfair attacks on a Kasich appointee, it’s newsworthy.  While we are NOT fans of this appointment that appears to have no merit, it is wrong to criticize Jackson personally for this placement.  Any blame should remain squarely on the Kasich administration who made this appointment despite:

  • Being aware that Jackson may not have a college degree
  • Not receiving a resume from Jackson during the interview process
  • Believing that Jackson was registered to run for an elected seat on the State Board (he’s not registered to run for State Board)
  • Sharing bio information that Plunderbund uncovered (the day after appointment was announced)

Jackson is a Republican.  Jackson is a husband and a father and lives in a rural school district.  Jackson is not shy about expressing conservative Christian values.  And yes, Jackson is a former OSU quarterback.  We don’t have to like any of these personal traits (I was always a Germaine fan, personally), but the announcement of his appointment to the State Board didn’t occur in a press conference called by Jackson, it was announced in a press release from Governor Kasich’s office.  When you think of this story, remember that it was instigated by the Kasich administration, not Stanley Jackson.

With that in mind and with the understanding that we believe this appointment was poor decision (Kasich’s office is doing nothing to convince anyone otherwise), we have two final aspects of this event that trouble us the most.

First, Kasich made the appointment with the belief that Jackson was in process of starting a charter school (confirmed by spokesperson Rob Nichols’ directing reporters to the Jackson bio that we published yesterday from a public website).  Such an appointment would be illegal under Ohio Revised Code 3301.03:

No elected or appointed voting member of the board shall, during the member’s term of office, hold any other public position of trust or profit or be an employee or officer of any public or private elementary or secondary school.

So either Kasich didn’t know or didn’t care about this thing called “laws” or they actually had no clue about Jackson’s intention to open a charter school.  Either way it raises major questions about what the Kasich administration actually knew about Jackson prior to selecting him for this position.

And finally, we’ll quote the Columbus Dispatch article from today.  (Notice how we are using their name and giving them credit?)

Nichols said Jackson was out of town and will supply a resume to the administration before it sends his appointment to the Ohio Senate for approval.

Did the Ohio Senate already meet?  That quote is from the article published at 6:28 am this morning, and since the Ohio Department of Education website already has Jackson listed as a Board member, it must mean they’ve already met, right?  Or should we be even pickier and point out that the page was updated yesterday morning?

Which leads us to two possible conclusions:

  1. Kasich spokesperson Rob Nichols doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
  2. John Kasich is running the Ohio Senate.

Indeed, both conclusions are likely to be true.

And in the end, that’s why Jackson deserves a pass from being sacked by the media (sorry, I couldn’t resist).  Blaming Jackson for this outcome only serves to distract us from the continued lawlessness of the Kasich administration.

John Kasich made this call, not the QB.



  • anastasjoy

    Why should Kasich start being concerned about laws now? When has he ever acted like they applied to HIM?

  • dmoore2222

    C’mon, Greg. You can’t possibly be surprised by this. Sloppy amateurism has been the hallmark of this administration starting with trying to appoint a nonresident (Kvamme) to a cabinet position. Surprising, no. Worrisome, absolutely. For a governor who desperately craves recognition, he keeps doing things that only errode his credibility and make him look like a total knucklehead. Now all the lying will start.

  • orion89

    I agree …. although Stanley Jackson deserves some of this. It’s not like he said no to it all despite the fact he’s not qualified. Clever title that its not the player’s fault but his coach (Kasich).

  • TJsClone

    Stanley Jackson? The guy who threw the stupid interception handing Michigan a win in 1997? Screw him.

  • Dean

    I am one of Gov. Kasich’s biggest critics, and cringed with repulsion for Ohio when he was elected. Initially, I too gloated over the headlines that this arrogant anti-public service, tea party-toting-in-the-back-pocket-of-for-profit-corporate-welfare-and-greed-front-man-for-big-business made another “irresponsible” move. But then I saw who he appointed to the state school board. I then realized that I needed to shake the anti-Kasich bias out of my still-spinning “I can’t believe Ohio voted for him” head. Judging the appointee in the same breath as judging the governor is completely unfair, and in this case, completely uncalled for. I must agree with Greg on this.
    Citing a couple of points: I served on a local school board on Ohio for almost a decade. Some of the most effective, common sense and down to earth members were those who did not have an educational background, or even a college degree, but those who had a heart for kids and who were able to bring the parental and family viewpoint to the table. These people truly represented the majority of our customers – parents who work hard and just want the best for not only their kids, but for all kids. It is important that a decision making-body as important as this not be weighted down with people in the loftiest positions and degrees, as school boards make decisions that intimately effect families, children and whole communities, and often need a reality check regarding how decisions they make will impact real people. (By the way, school board members no longer received health ins. benefits, and haven’t for a VERY long time – if ever in Ohio – to address the misinformed comment of another reader).
    The second point is that I know Stanley Jackson and family. What I know about Stanley is that he is a family man who truly wants to make a difference in the lives of kids, particularly kids of color and kids who have historically been at a disadvantage due to decades of systemic inequalities. I can imagine that when an opportunity such as this presents itself, a chance to be a voice for those whom you most care about, to have input and influence into one of the most important systems in the state, that a person with the heart and passion such as Stanley would see this as an genuine opportunity to make that difference. I am very sad for Stanley and his beautiful family that this opportunity has inadvertently turned him into a political target. Stanley is a man of integrity and a man of faith, he does not deserve the scathing contempt with which he has been shown by the media and the public. He is intelligent, compassionate and practical. He would bring a breath of fresh air and an “in the trenches” perspective to a decision-making body that all too often is out of touch with real people and real kids. The state school board is not in place to serve educators, ultimately they are there to serve the students, families and communities, as are all school boards.
    It is unfortunate that Gov. Kasich has conducted himself in such a way that his own credibility and integrity are legitimately in question. But it is truly sickening that Stanley is now being maligned as a result of this appointment under Kasich’s administration. Although Stanley has done nothing wrong, illegal or unethical, this man who has great potential to make an important difference in the lives of Ohio kids is being portrayed in a way that is hurtful and destructive. This not only negatively affects him and his family, but also those kids who may not have an opportunity to benefit from his leadership, philanthropy and humanity as a result of this controversy.
    I do not agree with Kasich from a political standpoint. But the state school board members are the gatekeepers of our children’s education. The most effective education (as confirmed by research) is a system which actively involves parents and community in a meaningful way and as an integral aspect of that education. If the state board does not reflect the communities it serves, and if Ohio’s families and children are not represented or given a voice, then a complex system becomes more out of touch and realistically, obsolete altogether.

  • dmoore2222

    Sure. Why not? This is the republican way. If you don’t like the rules, just ignore them.

  • dmoore2222

    Very thoughtful an well stated, Dean. This is the unfortunate outcome of Kasich tainting everything he touches.

  • dmoore2222

    Also, Johnny has boundary problems. He thinks everything is his to do with as he pleases regardless of laws or ethical issues.

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