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New candidates, little change for State Board of Ed
Six Republicans and five Democrats replaced by same
This story is part of a special series.

Ida Lieszkovszky
In The Region:
Yesterday, Ohio voters picked members of the State Board of Eduation in 11 districts. While there are some new faces on the board, StateImpact Ohio’s Ida Lieszkovszky reports there isn’t much change in the board’s political makeup.
The 19-member State Board of Education is a non-partisan board. Still, members tend to lean towards one political party or the other. Of the 11 seats up for grabs Tuesday, six had been held by Republicans, and five by Democrats. After the election, that’s unchanged.

Terry Ryan with the Fordham Foundation, a conservative Ohio-based think-tank, says that’s not surprising.

“There isn’t really a whole lot of change to talk about in terms of the makeup of the board. I think it’s fair to say that the change that’s going to take place in terms of the margin of the board will be in December.”

December is when Governor Kasich gets to appoint four new members to the board, including one to a seat that had been held by a Democrat. That would help to establish a Republican majority on the board.

“It gives the administration more flexibility in terms of getting what they want done, done through the board.”

This coming year, the board will have to chose a new state schools chief, and implement the third-grade reading guarantee, new evaluations for teachers, and the common core curriculum.
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