Bryan Williams should resign from the State Board of Education.

As the lobbyist for a conflicting private entity, he should end all doubts about his commitment to public education.

As the Beacon Journal so clearly reported Williams’ true allegiance is to his better paying employer, the non-union Central Ohio Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., which, among other things, runs the Ohio Construction Academy in Columbus and on-line. It has 24 students. Unlike others in the field it gets $200,000 in state money for vocational training.

As the BJ reported, the money is sapped from the Columbus public school district’s slice of state funds and sent to a charter school.

“Records show,” the paper’s Doug Livingston wrote, “that he [Williams] has advocated this year for favorable laws, funding and regulation advantageous to his organization at the time he also sits in an elected position on the board, which enacts regulations governing career programs and charter schools.”

As we have long witnessed, charter schools, thanks to the financial wizardry of Akron businessman David Brennan, have become huge private cash pyramids with the considerable aid of taxpayer millions down at the Republican-controlled Statehouse.

Williams – the State Education Board member – is said to have lobbied in behalf of his private employer for HB 168 that would deal with state money that could be flowed into private apprenticeship programs. He also is involved with other committees where his influence could favor his client.

A conservative Republican, Williams has been a strong ally of Summit County GOP Chairman Alex Arshinkoff, who once recruited him for a failed candidacy against Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic.

As you might expect, Williams dismissed criticism from N. Vic Goodman, the Columbus lawyer representing the unionized Ohio State Building & Construction Trades Council, which pays for apprenticeship – $50 million in fees and dues from workers in 2012.

“First of all,” Williams told the paper, “his criticisms are asinine. They are just typical union territorialism. ”

As in dual-role non-union territorialism? Not good enough Mr. Williams.

Prove that you and your conscience are big enough.


(Reposted from Grumpy Abe)

  • Think.

    It’s ironic to see so many anti-public education members on the Ohio State Board of Education. This is just one of the many examples of Kasich and his accomplices manipulating state politics to orchestrate a government entity that works against what it was designed to do.

  • dmoore2222

    Well said. These guys convince themselves that conflict of interest and even outright thievery are in the public’s best interest. This is the kind of deception behind the charter schools movement where the buzzword “choice” was the underpinning. And after twenty years of “choice” this movement has failed miserably. But republicans know that buzzwords are persuasive especially with people who have an axe to grind or who don’t want to take the time to think carefully about their choices. These are opportunists who apply the basest principles of marketing to education on a par with the payday lenders.

  • carrieee4

    I truly beleive that they know what they are doing. They are not conviencing themselves however they are trying to convience the general public of many things not true.

  • Telchar Bladesmith

    Conflict of interest must be a minimum qualification to receive an appointment from Kasich. You can probably count on one hand how many of his administrative appointments do NOT have blatant conflicts of interest. Couple that with his near phobia of even the slightest bit of transparency and you have the recipe for rampant corruption and self dealing at the taxpayers expense. Kasich ramrodded legislation through the House, the Senate and signed it into law in less that 24 hours to keep RobsOhio records shelided from being subject to any kind of scrutiny by the State Auditor or any other public entity. That should set of all kinds of alarms and flashing red lights that corruption is most likely already happening and is being covered up. Indeed, the limited records Auditor Yost was able to scrutinize before this travesty of a law was passed, revealed over $60,000 in taxpayer funded credit card purchases that were for PERSONAL use! But then being the Kasich flunky he is, Yost down played it as not being out of the norm for businesses just starting up. HUH??? If that $60,000 was spent for PERSONAL purchases by a front line State of Ohio employee I can garan-frickin-tee that there would be a full investigation resulting in the choice of resigning or termination

  • Telchar Bladesmith

    And there would possibly be criminal charges filed for theft of state funds too.

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