Statement of Stan W. Heffner
Superintendent of Public Instruction

 August 4, 2012

Much needed components underway in Ohio’s schools are too important to let anything get in their way.  Because I don’t want opponents of reform to be able to twist mistakes I’ve made into roadblocks to Ohio’s reform efforts, I’m stepping aside to deny them even the chance of doing that.  Under the State Board of Education’s succession plan, starting at 5:00 pm on Friday, August 10, Michael Sawyers, Deputy Superintendent, will begin leading the Department of Education until the Board names a new state superintendent.

I’ve loved working with my friends and colleagues at the Department.  I think they’re some of the smartest, hardest-working and compassionate people I’ve ever met.  I wish them every success in following through with the improvements we’ve set in motion to help all of Ohio’s kids.  In my 38 years in this profession, I’ve always put the best interests of students ahead of the desires of adults and the complacency of institutions, and that includes me.


View the official announcement on the Ohio Department of Education website.