This past Tuesday, in a packed meeting room where individuals were set to provide testimony against the Ohio State Board of Education’s plan to drop the requirement that school districts hire licensed arts and physical education teachers, social workers, nurses, and counselors, Board President Debe Terhar abruptly changed the agenda at the very moment the testimony was to begin. Her decision to push back the testimony by hours caused consternation among those who had taken time off from work and adjusted their schedules to follow the Board’s published agenda.
When her fellow board members tried to question her move, she proceeded to either shut them down. When Ann Jacobs tried to ask for a “point of order”, Terhar completely ignored her and simply talked louder, seeming to assert her role as Board Dictator, ignoring any pretense of following board protocol.
When a member of the large audience complained about the surprise schedule change, Terhar told her to leave. Within seconds, four Board members, A.J. Wagner, Deborah Cain, Ann Jacobs and Stephanie Dodd proceeded to walk out to applause from those in attendance.
In one final plea, Board member Mary Rose Oakar politely asked Terhar to reconsider. Terhar also ignored her request.
Listen to the entire exchange:
You can read our post about this move by the State Board of Education in our post from Monday: Is Ohio School Board Cutting The Arts & Physical Education?
Read our letter to the State Board and find emails for all of the Board Members here: Tell The Ohio School Board To Keep The “5 of 8? Rule