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Ohio schools chief to resign in April

By John Published: March 16, 2011


Associated Press

COLUMBUS: Amid hints that she was on the way out, Ohio's schools chief plans to resign April 30 after more than two years on the job.

State Education Superintendent Deborah Delisle made the announcement Tuesday, saying Gov. John Kasich's staff informed her the state school board would vote to replace her if she did not leave. Delisle said she didn't want to become a distraction from the state's educational issues.

The Columbus Dispatch reports some Ohio Board of Education members complained that it's feeling partisan influence.

The panel made headlines recently when a member selected by former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland was ousted after a disagreement over paperwork. She has filed a lawsuit to stop Kasich from replacing her.

Delisle's announcement comes a month after Ohio's leading higher education official chose to resign before his term ended.

Delisle is from the Cleveland area, serving most recently as superintendent of Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools. She also worked in upscale Orange and Shaker Heights schools.

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