On June 13 and 14, the State Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting and consider a resolution to bypass a NEW, transparent search process to replace Stephen Dackin as state superintendent. Instead, the resolution would instate Larry Hook as state superintendent, a candidate from the Board’s previous shortlist of finalists.
The resolution comes after Stephen Dackin’s sudden resignation as superintendent amid growing scrutiny over his role in leading the hiring process as the Board vice president, before applying for the position himself. Approval of this resolution removes Ohioans from the search process and adds more concerns to an already controversial hiring.
Ohioans deserve an honest, transparent hiring process that allows us to review candidates, submit feedback, and inform the decision-making process. We need the ability to advocate for an education leader who will prioritize the safety and well-being of every student and educator, champion honest education, and embrace a Whole Child approach to learning.