Ohio's state school board is nearing selection of a new state superintendent.
The 19-member State Board of Education is expected Tuesday to name a full-time replacement for Stan Heffner, who retired in August amid ethics questions surrounding his relationship with a private testing firm.
A selection committee is recommending two finalists to oversee Ohio's public school system: Acting State Superintendent Michael Sawyers, and Richard Ross, top education adviser to Gov. John Kasich.
Four candidates have made the final cut in Ohio's search for a new schools chief.
Finalists named Monday include Gov. John Kasich's top education adviser, Richard Ross. The former Reynoldsburg superintendent helped craft Kasich's school-funding plan. Current Interim Superintendent Michael Sawyers is also a finalist.
The president of Ohio's education board says she shared a Facebook posting with a photo of Adolf Hitler to encourage historical reflection amid the gun-control debate, not to compare President Barack Obama to the Nazi leader.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the photo was shared on the mostly private Facebook page of state Board of Education President Debe Terhar, along with a message criticizing Obama's new gun-control efforts. The newspaper says a quote about disarming citizens was attributed to Hitler in the message.
The Ohio state Board of Education has postponed its decision on regulating seclusion rooms and restraint in schools. Seclusion rooms are supposed to be safe places for children who are acting violently. But an investigation this year by The Columbus Dispatch and StateImpact Ohio found the rooms are often misused.
Ohio does not currently regulate the use of seclusion rooms in schools.
But more than 100 parents, educators and other commenters weighed in on the Ohio state Board of Education’s plan to start doing so.
Officials have rescheduled the release of Ohio school and district ratings that have been delayed amid a statewide review of student-attendance data.
The Ohio Department of Education now tentatively plans to release the report cards Wednesday. Results are still considered preliminary as Ohio Auditor Dave Yost investigates enrollment and attendance irregularities around the state.
The Ohio Board of Education voted to release the eagerly-awaited information, in part because Election Day is approaching and many districts are pursuing levy and bond issues.