Ohio GOP lawmakers want to strip the powers of the State Board of Education

The body that oversees the curriculum for Ohio’s K-12 students, recommends textbooks, and develops long-term educational plans may not be doing any of those things for long if state legislatures have their way.

“We’re essentially taking most education duties out of the control of the state school board and moving them to the governor’s office,” said Senate President Matt Huffman, R-Lima.

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Senate Bill 178, scheduled for a hearing Tuesday afternoon, will be rewritten to remove almost everything but the teacher’s license from the Ohio State Board of Education. The composition of the 19-member panel would not change, and it would still elect a state superintendent. But most of the board’s responsibilities would be transferred to a new cabinet position in the governor’s office.