Gov. Kasich Wants Different Structure for Ohio School Board

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Gov. John Kasich says he’d like to change the structure of Ohio’s school board, which can hire and fire the state superintendent.

The Republican presidential candidate tells The Columbus Dispatch the structure with 11 elected seats and eight appointed by the governor is partisan and used to push political agendas.

Governors of varying political leanings have tried to change the Ohio Board of Education since its inception in 1953.

Kasich says a governor should choose who leads the Department of Education. Some critics say electing all board members would cut out the politics.

Kasich’s comments come as seven elected board members call for an independent investigation of the department and superintendent amid concerns about the handling of charter school evaluations and the creation of a Youngstown schools plan.