Ohio’s new K-12 training main resigns immediately after significantly less than 1 thirty day period on the position


Ohio’s new superintendent of public instruction Steve Dackin resigned Friday – considerably less than a month after he was selected to oversee the schooling of Ohio’s 1.7 million K-12 students.

Dackin, in a resignation letter, cited fears about his recent assortment to the purpose. Dackin, when serving as school board vice president, led the search for the place that he in the long run was picked for.

“Concerns have been elevated about my new acceptance of the position of Superintendent of Community Instruction,” Dackin wrote. “I never want ‘revolving door’ questions to distract from the critical get the job done ahead for educational institutions, educators and specially the kids.”

Ohio ethics regulations prohibit board users from accepting any profit, together with payment, from a contract authorized by a board they served on both through their phrase or for one yr after they leave the board, claimed Paul Nick, executive director of the Ohio Ethics Fee.

Dackin resigned from the state board on Feb. 25  and utilized for the superintendent placement a couple times later. Confidentiality legislation prohibit Nick from commenting on whether or not there was an investigation into Dackin’s selection.

On May possibly 10, the State Board of Education and learning selected Dackin in a 14-4 vote. He previously served as the superintendent of Reynoldsburg City Universities in between 2007 and 2014 and on the State Board of Instruction

Dackin’s income was established at $215,000 with the probability of an annual performance reward of $35,000. Dackin, in his letter, mentioned he would forgo any compensation for the operate he had done to day.

State Board of Schooling President Charlotte McGuire announced Dackin’s resignation in a Friday afternoon information release, which did not detail why he was leaving.

“I am self-assured that alongside one another we will carry on the significant operate in aid of Ohio’s small children, family members and foreseeable future,” McGuire mentioned in the news launch. 

Gov. Mike DeWine, as a result of a spokesman, mentioned he was “shocked and let down” by Dackin’s selection to resign but respected Dackin’s choice to keep away from getting a distraction from crucial do the job on subject areas like literacy, psychological health and supporting youngsters achieve their “God-supplied prospective.” 

Stephanie Siddens will serve as superintendent of public instruction in the interim. She quickly held the position after Paolo DeMaria retired in September 2021. 

Reporter Anna Staver contributed to this write-up. 

Jessie Balmert is a reporter for the Usa Now Community Ohio Bureau, which serves the Akron Beacon Journal, Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbus Dispatch and 18 other affiliated information companies throughout Ohio.