Statement of Stan W. Heffner
Superintendent of Public Instruction

 August 4, 2012

Much needed components underway in Ohio’s schools are too important to let anything get in their way.  Because I don’t want opponents of reform to be able to twist mistakes I’ve made into roadblocks to Ohio’s reform efforts, I’m stepping aside to deny them even the chance of doing that.  Under the State Board of Education’s succession plan, starting at 5:00 pm on Friday, August 10, Michael Sawyers, Deputy Superintendent, will begin leading the Department of Education until the Board names a new state superintendent.

I’ve loved working with my friends and colleagues at the Department.  I think they’re some of the smartest, hardest-working and compassionate people I’ve ever met.  I wish them every success in following through with the improvements we’ve set in motion to help all of Ohio’s kids.  In my 38 years in this profession, I’ve always put the best interests of students ahead of the desires of adults and the complacency of institutions, and that includes me.

 

View the official announcement on the Ohio Department of Education website.

 

Evangelize!
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  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.miller.121398 Jim Miller

    What this arrogant narcissist did has finally had its way with him…good riddance!

  • Anastasia P

    Waaaaaah, I’m a poor innocent little victim of my opponents’ attacks – not my own mistakes … waaaaah. Such a typical whiny little victim Republican.

  • Anastasia P

    I’m just waiting for him to blame it on teachers.

  • westparkguy

    “In
    my 38 years in this profession, I’ve always put the best interests of
    students ahead of the desires of adults and the complacency of
    institutions, and that includes me.”

    Well now you can put your best interests in keeping your butt out of jail.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carrie-Preston/100000765994211 Carrie Preston

    Could that be because Debbie Cain and maybe others have asked for a special session to address this matter. I emailed Ms. Cain this morning and received a reply stating that she had asked the board president to
    call a special meeting regarding the
    report from the IG’s office .(and that)

    I am waiting for a response.
    from her phone at 11:24 today. I am sure he did not step down to much on his own he I feel probably was “very nicely ” asked by someone so it hopefully would not be used politically.

  • mamafuza

    coward

  • Dmoore

    Excuse me, but what does this have to do with the “best interests of students?” What a shame he resorted to the use of this straw man when the real issue is that as the leader of Ohio’s public school system he chose personal interest over ethics, making his “38 years in this profession” pretty much meaningless. Was it really worth the money, Stan?

  • Steve in Munroe Falls

    If Kasich hadn’t put him there in the first place, perhaps none of this would have happened. Cronyism at its best.

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