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Despite New Faces, Not Much Change Expected for State Board of Education

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM


Yesterday, Ohio voters picked members of the State Board of Education in 11 districts.

While there are some new faces on the board, there isn’t much change in the board’s political makeup.

The 19-member State Board of Education is a non-partisan board. Still, members tend to lean towards one political party or the other. Of the 11 seats up for grabs Tuesday, six had been held by Republicans, and five by Democrats.

After the election, that’s unchanged.

[audio href="" title="Not Much Change Expected for State Board of Education"]The political makeup of the board has stayed the same.[/audio]

“There isn’t really a whole lot of change to talk about in terms of the makeup of the board," says Terry Ryan with the Fordham Foundation, a conservative Ohio-based think-tank. "I think it’s fair to say that the change that’s going to take place in terms of the margin of the board will be in December.”

December is when Governor Kasich gets to appoint four new members to the board, including one to a seat that had been held by a Democrat. That would help to establish a Republican majority on the board.

“It gives the administration more flexibility in terms of getting what they want done, done through the board," Ryan says.

This coming year, the board will have to chose a new state schools chief,  and implement the third-grade reading guarantee, new evaluations for teachers, and the common core curriculum.

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