Questions about One BoT Appointment Reflect Broader Issues


The editor of the Toledo Blade just published an editorial titled “A Bauble for a Buddy,” questioning both the appropriateness and the efficacy of John Kasich’s appointment of Richard Ross, a former state school superintendent, to the Bowling Green State University board of trustees. The appointment needs to be approved by the State Senate, usually a pro-forma process, but the newspaper is calling on the Senate to reject the appointment.

After acknowledging Ross’ accomplishments as a school administrator, the editorial focuses on the charter-school scandals that led to his abrupt retirement as Ohio schools superintendent: “Last year, former state school-choice chief David Hansen admitted excluding failing online and dropout-recovery charter schools from evaluations of the state’s charter schools. Those evaluations helped net the state a $71 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. That grant was put on hold when the scandal broke, and it remains in limbo.”


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