During my time on the State School Board I served on three search committees to find the next State Superintendent of Public Education.

Each time there was a representative of the Governor that served on the committee and that person had just as much input as any other member of the committee.

So now it seems that the Governor is not happy with the make up of the State Board, 11 elected members and 8 appointed members.

So why is the Governor upset? Because 7 State Board members want the Ohio Department of Education and the State Superintendent investigated concerning the “Youngstown Plan” and the Charter School
test scores.

Now the Governor would like an all appointed State Board.

Bad idea – why? One of the roles of a State Board member is that of over sight of the Ohio Department of Education and the State Superintendent, with an all appointed State Board how independent would it be?

The elected members of the Board represent the voters and children in the State of Ohio.

We need to keep those voices of elected members on the State Board because different opinions and ideas is not only good for education, it is also good government!

So, come on Governor you already have the State Superintendent you want, you control State Board leadership and have majority control of the State Board.

Let’s keep our elected State Board members because it is important for us as voters to have a voice at the table!


Deborah Cain is a Retired Educator. She served as a Local Schools Board Member from 2000-2006 and a State School Board Member from 2007-2014. She was State School Board President 2009-2012.

  • Loretta

    Surely the guy so concerned with those living “in the shadows” would want to know why the husband of his right-hand-woman would try to hide bad grades from a charter school — even if it was a charter school run by one of his biggest donors.

    Why would he be okay with cheating Ohio kids out of a good education, possibly to protect the wealth of a crony.

    Trying to sweep this under the rug makes it seem even shadier. What did Kasich know and when did he find out?

  • Think.

    Anytime Gov. Kasich and his accomplices get caught with their hands in the cookie jar, it gets covered up by the media.

  • Retrofuturistic

    Were there federal funds involved? If so, perhaps it’s time to call the Justice Department and/or the FBI.

  • anastasjoy

    Let’s see now — WHO appointed David Hansen? Hmmm …..

  • dmoore2222

    Now, now. You can’t possibly accuse Johnny Angel of impropriety. He’s the protector of the poor and those in the shadows. He’s now Mr. Nice Guy according to Dana Bash of CNN who swallowed his Johnny Angel sideshow act whole in an interview yesterday. Someone needs to clue her in and get her to do some serious investigative reporting as to what this asshole has done to this state over the last six years.

  • Professor in Ohio

    Public universities have their Boards of Trustees appointed by the governor. And we can all see how well that’s working right now at The University of Akron with their insistence on online courses, outsourcing, layoffs, and olive jars. #mistakesweremade #scarred.

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