About this project
The Ohio State Board of Education sets into motion the policies governing education in Ohio. Members devise graduation and testing standards, teacher licensure rules and evaluations, accountability methods, curriculum and more.
The Akron Beacon Journal and the NewsOutlet, a consortium of journalism programs at Youngstown State University and the University of Akron, teamed up to design and conduct interviews with board members and research public records to provide an understanding of how education is administered.
Beacon Journal staff writer Doug Livingston was the lead reporter on the project. NewsOutlet reporters who contributed to this project were: Karen Bell, Harry Evans, Lee Murray, Natalia Fenton, Rachael Kerr, Ashley Morris, Max Kalik, Rachel Salyer and Matt Hawout.
Instructors of the NewsOutlet who devised and directed the research are Alyssa Lenhoff, Mary Sweetwood, Tim Francisco, Tom Maraffa, Andrew Bush and Christine Davidson.