Providing Ohio’s students satisfactory education is complex and becoming increasingly difficult. The body most responsible for educational leadership is Ohio’s State Board of Education. It is charged with setting education policy and directing the planning and evaluative functions of Ohio’s public schools — functions not always welcome by local school districts and education groups or supported by the legislature, making consensus essential but elusive. Our school funding system has been unconstitutional for decades and controversial graduation requirements, after months of discussion, had to be relegated to Ohio’s already crowded budget bill negotiations.
In an effort to streamline decision-making, legislation was introduced last year to overhaul Ohio’s educational governance by combining the Ohio Department of Education (K-12), the Department of Higher Education and the governor’s Office of