Ohio's state school board has picked a top education adviser to Republican Gov. John Kasich as the new superintendent of public instruction. Richard Ross was selected over Acting Superintendent Michael Sawyers on Tuesday by a 10-6 vote of the State Board of Education. Democrats are blasting the choice of Ross, who has worked closely with Gov. Kasich on his budget and other education policy. But Ross says he's been hired by the state school board now, and is not an agent of the governor.
The flap over the state auditor’s authority to look over the financial records of the governor's public-private entity JobsOhio continues, as the deadline to meet a subpoena looms ahead.
Republican Auditor David Yost says he fully anticipates that the governor’s office will comply with the March 19 subpoena because he says he hasn’t formally heard otherwise, though Republican Gov. John Kasich has told reporters he doesn’t feel the auditor has the authority to audit JobsOhio’s private dollars.
The continuing questions surrounding transparency at JobsOhio came up again in a routine meeting about money that goes to an agency that partners with the controversial job-creating entity.
The Development Services Agency’s requests to the Controlling Board included money for loans it administers for the public-private entity JobsOhio. State Rep. and Ohio Democratic Party head Chris Redfern grilled the Development Services Agency about whether its funds could be audited by the state auditor.