State Board of Education elects new chief

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Robin C. Hovis, a former teacher from Millersburg, looks forward to working with "a unified board." PREVIOUS STORY 5 Kasich appointees seated on state Board of Education DispatchPolitics Ohio Board of Education veteran Robin C. Hovis was elected president of the 19-member panel yesterday, fighting off a challenge by a newly elected member from ...

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media202

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Jan 20, 2011
 
If John Kasich is serious about streamlining then abolish the state school board. It is a totally unnecessary body. The state super should report directly to the Governor, just as the Chancellor does.
These boards get bogged down in petty politics and stuff they have no business sticking their noses into like creationism.
Ohio has already way too many school boards that should be consolidated - and would be if it was not for racial politics.
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Jan 20, 2011
 
If the state Board of Education is serious about educational reform in Ohio, a first step would be to look at the mandatory consolidation of the numerous tiny school districts in the state. We have 88 counties in Ohio yet we have over 700 (yes, that's seven with two zeros!) school districts. What a waste of tax monies in administration, transportation, purchasing and infrastructure maintenance! The duplication of services to maintain these ink-spot-on-the-map school districts is shameful. The state Board needs to take a leadership role in streamlining districts, consolidating services, and making better use of the scarce taxpayer resources. There will be howls of protest along social, economic, racial, cultural and community lines but it's something that needs to be addressed. Let's see some leadership.....
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Jan 20, 2011
 
JoeBig wrote:
If the state Board of Education is serious about educational reform in Ohio, a first step would be to look at the mandatory consolidation of the numerous tiny school districts in the state. We have 88 counties in Ohio yet we have over 700 (yes, that's seven with two zeros!) school districts. What a waste of tax monies in administration, transportation, purchasing and infrastructure maintenance! The duplication of services to maintain these ink-spot-on-the-map school districts is shameful. The state Board needs to take a leadership role in streamlining districts, consolidating services, and making better use of the scarce taxpayer resources. There will be howls of protest along social, economic, racial, cultural and community lines but it's something that needs to be addressed. Let's see some leadership.....
I would agree with this post. Something that is long overdue. However, here is the rub. Like many programs to reduce costs people are all in favor of it as long as it is not something that impacts others. Merge that neighboring district..not mine. People, even when they have been out of school for a long time, are so emotional about their schools
and don't logically look at the true costs or link their no vote on the levy with a Board's decision to close or consolidate. The State Legislature has had the power to alter distict boundaries for a long time... and Republican or Democrat they run and hide when the issue comes up.Edu cation is a function of the state. They set the rules.
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Jul 25, 2011
 
Badger leader wrote:
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I would agree with this post. Something that is long overdue. However, here is the rub. Like many programs to reduce costs people are all in favor of it as long as it is not something that impacts others. Merge that neighboring district..not mine. People, even when they have been out of school for a long time, are so emotional about their schools
and don't logically look at the true costs or link their no vote on the levy with a Board's decision to close or consolidate. The State Legislature has had the power to alter distict boundaries for a long time... and Republican or Democrat they run and hide when the issue comes up.Edu cation is a function of the state. They set the rules.
Except the largest districts are the lowest performing... hmmm
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Jul 25, 2011
 
a kasich thug

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