When the Ohio General Assembly passes legislation regarding education-related policies, most of the components direct the State School Board to interpret and implement the changes. As a result, electing members that truly support public education is an important and often overlooked step that Ohioans can take to help to ensure that public schools have the best advocates making these decisions.
This year, there are seven seats up for election that have pro-public education advocates that we recommend. State Board races are “non-partisan”, so those who vote based on party affiliation can’t simply tell who supports their ideals by simply looking at the ballot.
Here are our recommended candidates and a map of the State Board of Education districts (click to enlarge):
- District 2 – Kim Redfern
- District 3 – A.J. Wagner
- District 4 – Pat Bruns
- District 5 – Roslyn Painter-Goffi
- District 7 – Michael Charney
- District 8 – Robert Hagan
- District 10 – Ronald Rudduck (NOTE: Michael Kinnamon is also a worthy candidate for this seat; Rudduck’s knowledge and research of Ohio’s public school funding model and criticism of Ohio’s charter school funding is a valuable asset to the Board.)
For help finding your district and candidate, go to Ohioballot.com.