In a demonstration of the importance that he attaches to the weighty work of the Ohio State Board of Education, Governor John Kasich appointed a former quarterback at Ohio State University to a seat on the state board. His choice, Stanley Jackson,plans to open a charter school for African American males. He played for Ohio State in 1996 and 1997. It is said that he shares the governor’s vision for education in Ohio.
In another recent development in Ohio, the state education department was shocked, shocked to discover that a for-profit charter company was making a profit and using the extra money to fund its other operations.
There are two great websites to learn about education in Ohio. One is http://www.plunderbund.com, which casts a properly skeptical eye on the depredations of the state’s education leaders.
The other is http://10thperiod.blogspot.com/. I have been reading this blog since I visited Cleveland in the spring, and it is a deeply knowledgeable discussion of the politics of education in Ohio.