On October 24, the Olentangy School Advocacy Committee held its first ever Candidate Forum. Candidates for Ohio House Districts 67 and 68 as well as candidates for the Ohio State Board of Education District 6 were invited. Because there is a lot of information available on the Ohio House candidates and not a lot about the candidates for the state board, we are focusing this article on the state board candidates.
The State Board of Education creates policy and makes recommendations for K-12 education in Ohio, which includes all public schools, traditional and charter. The board is made up of 19 members, 11 are elected, and eight are appointed by the Governor. Olentangy is in the state board’s sixth district currently represented by Mike Collins, former school board member from the Westerville City School District, who is term limited. The sixth district serves most of Franklin County and all of Delaware and Knox counties.
The State Board of Education has little control over individual districts’ state funding through the education funding formula as that is controlled by the Ohio General Assembly and the Governor. However, changes to curriculum, testing and graduation requirements put in place by the state board can have major financial impacts on school districts. The board also hires the state superintendent, approves school boundary transfers and takes action on the licenses of teachers.
The state school board meets monthly, except in August, for two days (Monday and Tuesday) in Columbus. The meetings last all day and are held at the Ohio Department of Education in downtown Columbus. Elected members can serve no more than two, four-year terms. More information on the state board can be found at here
There are five candidates running for the sixth district state board seat (the ballot will list six but one candidate has dropped out). State School Board seats are nonpartisan, just like local school board seats. Those running include:
Nicholas Baumeyer – Mr. Baumeyer is a current high school senior attending Olentangy Orange High School. He is a four-year member of the Olentangy Orange Marching Pioneers. He plans to attend The Ohio State University starting August 2017. Email
Jeff Furr – Mr. Furr has served on Johnstown City Council and as president of the Mid-Ohio Christian Home School Association. Four of his children went through the public school system and two are currently being homeschooled. He is an attorney in private practice. Email
Antoinette Miranda – Dr. Miranda is a professor of School Psychology in the Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University. In her position she trains school psychologists. Her two children graduated from the Columbus Public School District. Email
Adam Slane – Mr. Slane is currently an aid to Congressman Steve Stivers and has also worked in the Ohio General Assembly. He holds a teaching degree from The Ohio State University. He is a trustee on the South-Western City Schools Educational Foundation. Email
We suggest that you use this information to do further research when preparing to cast your ballot. Some links include: