Governor John Kasich

Statewide News
11:35 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Leftwich Out as Ohio Development Leader

After serving four months as the Ohio Development Leader, Jim Leftwich is leaving the position.

Gov. John Kasich's office stated that as Leftwich plans to return to the private sector, Christiane "Chris" Schmenk, general counsel for the Ohio Department of Development, will take over. Schmenk will lead the department's reorganization as the state's economic development efforts are moved to the new nonprofit private corporation JobsOhio. Schmenk will assume the director's role on Aug. 1.

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Education
7:25 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Ohio Board Chooses Interim as State Superintendent

The Ohio Board of Education has named its interim superintendent as state superintendent, after two of the three finalists for the job stepped aside.

Stan Heffner, who was not one of the finalists, was appointed Tuesday. His selection means the board rejected remaining finalist Robert Schiller, a former state superintendent in Michigan and Illinois who works as a Florida education consultant.

Finalist Robert Sommers, Gov. John Kasich's education adviser, withdrew as a candidate in June. Reynoldsburg schools Superintendent Stephen Dackin withdrew on Sunday.

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Education
8:17 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Governor Kasich's Thoughts on Teacher Standards and Merit Pay

Governor John Kasich says Ohio must develop standards for teachers and use merit pay as a way to reward teachers who are doing good things. But he says he would really like those policies to come from teachers and education leaders.

"This is not some sort of a political fig leaf or some sort of contrived political operation. We want our teachers to be evaluated. We want it to be fair. We want it to be peer to peer. As far as I'm concerned, I can keep my hands off this thing as long as they deliver a good report. Now I've got a few tweaks here. I am the Governor," says Kasich

Politics
7:17 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Gov. Kasich Set to Name Nonprofit Job-Creation Panel

Governor John Kasich today is expected to announce the line-up of Ohio's new semi-private job creation panel.

JobsOhio will be charged with the economic growth role formerly played by the Ohio Department of Development. Proceeds from state liquor sales are being used as start-up money.

Spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle says a portion of the two-hour meeting will be devoted to Kasich appointing the board's nine members. Then the panel will get to work.

Kasich's jobs creation advisor Mark Kvamme is among those who could be named.

PoliticsOhio
5:33 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

Kasich Agreement With Casinos Impacts Dayton

In this week's PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks with the Dayton Daily News' Ellen Belcher to discuss how Kasich's deal with casino operators brings the potential for video lottery terminals to Dayton but critics from the left and the right are coming out against it. Belcher explains why and what the future holds for the games in the state.

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