Ohio Department of Education

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The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is the state education agency of the U.S. state of Ohio, headquartered in Columbus. The Ohio State Board of Education is the governing body of the department.[1]

The Ohio Department of Education is responsible for primary and secondary public education in the state. The Board of Education is responsible for overseeing the department and consists of 19 members. All serve four-year terms.

The State Board of Education does not have jurisdiction over higher education. Ohio's public colleges and universities are governed as part of the University System of Ohio by the Ohio Board of Regents and by the boards of trustees of each institution.

The Department of Education is responsible for implementing standardized tests required by state and federal law, including the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT), Ohio Graduation Test (OGT), and Ohio Test of English Language Acquisition (OTELA).

State Board of Education[edit]

The Board of Education consists of 19 members. All serve four-year terms.

Eleven of these are elected from single-member districts, which are formed by combining three contiguous Ohio Senate districts. The elected members' terms are staggered so that half of the board is elected in each even-numbered year. (In 2012, board members from districts 1, 5, 6, 9, 10 and 11 were elected to new terms, and a member was elected to fill an unexpired term in district 7.[2]) Vacancies in the elected membership are filled by appointment by the governor.In 2013 the elected members were:[3]

Eight at-large seats are appointed by the governor of Ohio, all of whom have been appointed by Governor John Kasich.[17] As of September 2013, they were:[3]

  • Tess Elshoff, New Knoxville, is a stay-at-home mother of five. Until 2011, she served on the New Knoxville School Board.[7][18]
  • Joseph L. Farmer, Baltimore, works for Delta Air Lines in Columbus. From 1992 until 2011, he served on the Liberty Union-Thurston School Board. He was appointed by Gov. Kasich in 2011.[7][19]
  • Darryl D. Mehaffie, Greenville, is a retired teacher who taught fifth and sixth grades in the Northmont Schools for 30 years. He also serves on the board of Edison Community College, and is active in Republican party politics, serving on the Ohio Republican Party State Committee. He was appointed in January 2013.[5][17][20]
  • Thomas W. Gunlock, (Vice President), Centerville, is director of construction and property management at RG Properties in Dayton. He previously taught high school and also coached football at Morehead State University. He has also served on the board of a Head Start agency.[7][21]
  • C. Todd Jones, New Albany, is a Columbus lobbyist and president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio. He previously served in various positions in the George W. Bush administration. He was appointed by Gov. John Kasich in January 2011 to fill an unexpired term, and reappointed to a full term in January 2013.[5][22][23]
  • Dr. Mark A. Smith, Circleville, is President of Ohio Christian University in Circleville, and previously served as an administrator at Indiana Wesleyan University. He was appointed by Governor Kasich in January 2013[5][23][24]
  • As of September, 2013, two of the at-large seats were vacant.

The chairs of the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate education committees are ex officio non-voting members of the board. The board is responsible for choosing a Superintendent of Public Instruction, who manages the day-to-day affairs of the Department of Education.

Issues[edit]

Anti-bullying policy[edit]

On July 10, 2007, the State Board of Education adopted an anti-bullying policy, but only after removing reference to "taunts based on ethnicity, gender, religion (and) sexual orientation."[25]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About ODE". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  2. ^ "Official Results for the November 6, 2012 General Election" (Microsoft Excel). Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  3. ^ a b "State Board of Education Members". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  4. ^ "Ann E. Jacobs, District 1 (bio)". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Term expires December 31, 2016
  6. ^ "Kathleen A. McGervey, District 2 (bio)". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Term expires December 31, 2014
  8. ^ "Jeffrey J. Mims, Jr, District 3 (bio)". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  9. ^ "Debe Terhar, District 4 (bio)". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  10. ^ "Bryan C. Williams, District 5 (bio)". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  11. ^ "Michael L. Collins, District 6 (bio)". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  12. ^ "Sarah Fowler, District 7 (bio)". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  13. ^ "Deborah Cain, District 8 (bio)". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  14. ^ "Stephanie Dodd, District 9 (bio)". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  15. ^ "Ronald W. Rudduck, District 10 (bio)". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  16. ^ "Mary Rose Oakar, District 11 (bio)". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  17. ^ a b Bloom, Molly (January 9, 2013). "Former Teacher Darryl Mehaffie Appointed to Ohio State Board of Education". State Impact Ohio - Education. NPR.org. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  18. ^ "Tess Elshoff, Member At-Large (bio)". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  19. ^ "Joseph L. Farmer, Member At-Large (bio)". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  20. ^ "Darryl D. Mehaffie, Member At-Large (bio)". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  21. ^ "Tom Gunlock, Member At-Large (bio)". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  22. ^ "C. Todd Jones, Member At-Large (bio)". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  23. ^ a b Bloom, Molly (January 11, 2013). "Gov. Kasich Makes Three Appointments to State Board of Education: Angela Thi Bennett, C. Todd Jones, Mark A. Smith". State Impact Ohio - Education. NPR.org. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  24. ^ "Mark A. Smith, Member At-Large (bio)". education.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  25. ^ Candisky, Catherine (2007-07-11). "Anti-bullying policy OK'd". dispatch.com. Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2013-09-13.