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Jun 26 2012

Kasich Appoints Dropout to Board of Education

One of the big problems we have in this country is putting manifestly unqualified people on school boards, both local and state. Ohio Gov. John Kasich offers a perfect example, appointing a college dropout to the state board of education — but hey, he was a quarterback at Ohio State, so that obviously makes him qualified.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who ousted Democrat Ted Strickland in 2010, is fielding heavy criticism for his appointment of a former Ohio State quarterback, Stanley Jackson, to the one of the eight slots he can appoint on the state’s board of education.

It turns out Jackson never submitted a resume for the job, a practice that isn’t required but is common for appointments like this one, and he never actually graduated from Ohio State.

A Kasich spokesperson Rob Nichols told State Impact, a collaboration among local broadcast stations, that he was “sure our people” were aware Jackson hadn’t graduated from college…

A bio of Jackson obtained by local news outlets lists him as “the founder of Masters Preparatory Academy Charter School a singer [sic] gender school for African American males,” but the Ohio political blog Plunderbund found that the school doesn’t seem to exist and isn’t on the list of proposed charters schools to open this fall. The school’s website registration reportedly lists Jackson’s home address as its location.

When Raw Story followed up with the Ohio Department of Education, they said they didn’t have any documentation for Masters Preparatory Academy and declined to comment on Jackson’s appointment.

Oh hell, it’s only our educational system. Being a football player certainly qualifies someone to run it.

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  1. 1
    jamessweet

    a singer [sic] gender school

    Are they sure about the “sic”? Maybe it’s a school for castratos?

  2. 2
    dogmeat

    A non-existent charter school run out of someone’s home? I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!

    As an educator, this shyte bugs me to no end. First you have people who, as Ed points out, are eminently unqualified to make decisions that impact education appointed to positions where the ripples of their choices can impact the learning opportunities of students nationwide. You have, in the same story, an example of the utter failure of charter and voucher schools. The vast majority of these “schools” are utter failures yet they continue to be promoted and funded while at the same time struggling public schools continue to see their funding slashed, programs eliminated, and innovation stifled. What makes it worse is the cascading effect of poor education and the consistent targeting of those who need a good education the most for profit and exploitation.

  3. 3
    Loqi

    But he *lives* at a school! How much more in touch with the education system can you be?!

  4. 4
    DaveL

    That’s nothing. During the 1990s the Conservatives in the Ontario government had a high school dropout as Minister of Education.

  5. 5
    slc1

    Re DaveL @ #4

    That’s no worse then putting a chiropractor in charge of science and technology (Gary Goodyear anyone).

  6. 6
    F [is for failure to emerge]

    Hey ho, way to go, Ohio.

    Don’t forget we also have the plastic John Boehner to be proud of, as well as Kasich. Actually, I think Ohio always has a bumper crop of craptastic politicians.

  7. 7
    Adrian W.

    @ slc1

    A creationist chiropractor, no less.

  8. 8
    slc1

    Re Adrian W @ #7

    Yeah, I should have mentioned Mr. Goodyear’s creationism too.

  9. 9
    jamesolson

    The blog and responses seem a little narrow minded in their stereotyping. Do I need to make a list of the high school and college dropouts who have made singular and irreplaceable contributions to the advance of humans, and who unlike you or I,hold a place in all the worlds encyclopedias

  10. 10
    d cwilson

    Ten bucks says Jackson is a creationist, too.

  11. 11
    TGAP Dad

    On the one hand, the fervent Michigan fan in me loves the delicious irony of this situation. On the other hand, I cringe for what has befallen my southern neighbors.
    I remember Stanley Jackson throwing an interception to Charles Woodson, and on the sidelines launched an expletive that, despite no audio feed, required no lip reading to understand. And then he dropped out of college (to the extent that Ohio State qualifies as one). And then got himself a gubernatorial appointment.

  12. 12
    DaveL

    The blog and responses seem a little narrow minded in their stereotyping. Do I need to make a list of the high school and college dropouts who have made singular and irreplaceable contributions to the advance of humans, and who unlike you or I,hold a place in all the worlds encyclopedias

    I concede that John Snobelen will go down in the Canadian history books whereas I most likely will not. However, it won’t be because of his “singular and irreplaceable contributions to the advance of humans”.

  13. 13
    scienceavenger

    Do I need to make a list of people who’ve made singular and irreplaceable contributions to the advance of humans who would be undeniable train wrecks as educators?

  14. 14
    erichoug

    *sigh* I keep seeing politics as being a big problem in our education district. Many conservative politicians see teachers unions as a threat to their electability and so they want to do everything they can to weaken teachers unions which often means weakening public schools. Teachers meanwhile often see themselves as the ones who are always expected to sacrifice and are always blamed when the outcome is other than expected. So, you have a downward spiral with poor results.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am not blaming or exempting from blame any party involved. It is not that simple and it will remain not that simple for many years to come.

  15. 15
    raven

    The blog and responses seem a little narrow minded in their stereotyping. Do I need to make a list of the high school and college dropouts who have made singular and irreplaceable contributions to the advance of humans, and who unlike you or I,hold a place in all the worlds encyclopedias.

    How about a list of high school and college graduates who have made “singular and Irreplaceable contributions to the advance of humans”.

    It would be a far longer list for good reasons.

    I can name two though for your list. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs both dropped out of college. But so what? For every Bill Gates who dropped out, there are millions who dropped out and did nothing except watch TV, drink beer, and play with the dogs.

  16. 16
    slc1

    Re raven @ #15

    Might include Michael Dell in that list.

  17. 17
    Michael Heath

    Jobs and Gates demonstrated their excellence prior to becoming influential. Stanley Jackson has demonstrated nothing suggesting he’s qualified to be good at this task while I confidently presume thousands of Ohioans can demonstrate their qualification. In addition Mr. Jackson’s already provided compelling evidence he’s unable to accomplish even the bare minimum at which he’s now expected to lead, which is graduate.

  18. 18
    sebloom

    Appointing people who are not qualified is the norm for pols and education. The US Secretary of Education is a former minor league basketball player and has a degree in sociology from Harvard. His qualifications for being the Ed Secretary (or the CEO of Chicago Pub Schools before that)? His mom ran a tutoring program.

    Imagine if the Surgeon General was not a medical professional…or the Attorney General was not an attorney…

    Obviously Kasich understands that in the US we don’t have any respect for educational professionals so any Ted, Arne or Harry can make educational decisions for the state or country.

    …not to mention Bill Gates expounding on all sorts of educational topics. He is, after all, rich…and that makes him qualified, too.

  19. 19
    jnorris

    Before one buys a college degree from a diploma mill one should have a high school diploma from a non-existent charter school. The Masters Preparatory Academy Charter School is missing a golden opportunity here.

  20. 20
    KRS

    I was watching a local public affairs show talking about this issue last night. Apparently,even if the charter school exists, Ohio law doesn’t allow people who are currently running schools to be appointed to the state school board. If that’s the case, the Kasich administration screwed up the vetting on an even higher level.

  21. 21
    stace

    Actually, I think Ohio always has a bumper crop of craptastic politicians.

    We do have Joe the Shitehead Wurzelbagger up there in Cong. District 9 after all.

  22. 22
    raven

    Before one buys a college degree from a diploma mill one should have a high school diploma from a non-existent charter school. The Masters Preparatory Academy Charter School is missing a golden opportunity here.

    Maybe they aren’t.

    It’s also a good idea to shop around when buying high school and college degrees from diploma mills.

    Prices vary widely. A Ph.D. or MBA can cost hundreds of dollars but you can get one for less than $50.00 if you look a little.

  23. 23
    catbutler

    After I read the first paragraph I was really hoping it was Art Schlichter.

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