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.