STATE SCHOOL BOARD

Ohio school-choice movement hinges on whether parents are capable of parenting
Parents. How good are they? The 15-year-old school choice movement has prevailed in Ohio, shifting more than $1 billion in state taxes and more than 150,000 students to charter and private schools on this premise: Parents are capable of making good decisions about the education of their children. Read the story

Ohio’s state school board shifts emphasis from traditional public schools to parent-driven choice
If Ohio had an all-elected state board of education as it did about 20 years ago, the current state superintendent probably wouldn’t have his job, and the school board president likely would have gotten the boot. Read the story

Darryl Mehaffie: Retired educator, active in state politics
Ann Jacobs: Representative of rural northwest is troubled by politics on board
Kathleen McGervey: Cleveland engineer says national common core standards are a threat to parents
Stephanie Dodd: Democratic fundraiser has strong interest in private schools
Ronald Rudduck: Former school superintendent, wants stability in funding
Mary Rose Oakar: Board member rejoins elected life, wants emphasis on traditional schools
Jeffrey Mims: Minority representative is leaving state board
Tess Ann Elshoff: Mother of five takes public education personally
Joseph Farmer: Airline manager puts emphasis on religious principles
Sarah Fowler: Home-schooled board member places Constitution and parents ahead of government
Bryan Williams: School board’s most ardent supporter of school choice
C. Todd Jones: Lobbyist is outspoken member of Ohio school board
Mark Smith: Ohio Christian University president worries about education without values
Deborah Cain: Retired teacher wants accountability in school choice
Debra Terhar: School board president stirs controversy with conservative positions
Michael Collins: Businessman troubled by lack of accountability for school choice
Thomas Gunlock: Family of Republican donors takes a lead role on state board




State school board member from Akron represents nonunion contractors who opened charter school
A nonunion building contractors association that charges tuition for adult apprenticeship classes has found a way to give teenagers a jump-start on skilled construction trades at taxpayer expense: A publicly funded charter school. Read the story

State school board business is private business, too
Sometimes the private business of state school board members overlaps into their roles deciding policy for Ohio. Read the story

Bryan Williams: School board’s most ardent supporter of school choice
C. Todd Jones: Lobbyist is outspoken member of Ohio school board
Mark Smith: Ohio Christian University president worries about education without values
Stephanie Dodd: Democratic fundraiser has strong interest in private schools


A comparison of members of the state school board


State school board member from Akron represents nonunion contractors who opened charter school


Bryan Williams resigns from state school board due to lobbying conflicts


Two more state school board members draw criticism for potential conflicts of interest


Ohio Ethics Commission receives complaint about state school board member


Ethics issues on Ohio school board become confrontational


Ohio Christian University collects public school dollars to teach ‘biblical truth’ as its president and lobbyist sit on state school board




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.

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