Kasich Stands By State’s Top Education Leader Despite Controversy

By
Andy Chow - Statehouse News Bureau


Updated Thu, Jul 24, 2014 3:55 pm
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Ohio Department of Education
State Superintendent Dick Ross

Gov. John Kasich is standing by his top education leader in the wake of controversy surrounding a charter school investigation. The probe was launched after a group of teachers alleged sexual misconduct, racism and possible cheating was going on at a Dayton charter school. Some believe more could’ve been done.

Some leaders, including Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee Ed FitzGerald, have questioned the Ohio Department of Education’s response to the allegations and whether previously filed complaints may have been glossed over. FitzGerald said Kasich should demand the resignation of State Superintendent Dick Ross.

Kasich has responded by praising Ross’ leadership and said the desire to create effective schools is not a partisan issue.

“This idea that somehow one group or one party or something is pro-charter school and the other is not - that’s just not accurate - we have to make sure that all of our schools are performing - including our public schools," Kasich said.

The FBI is conducting a wider investigation into the group that runs about 20 charter schools in Ohio, including the Horizon Science Academy Dayton High School.

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