Ohio schools’ state superintendent to resign

Richard Ross, Ohio schools’ state superintendent, announced today that he will resign at the end of the year after nearly three years on the job.

Ross has helped implement the state’s kindergarten to third-grade literacy initiatives, as well as the Straight-A Fund grants for school innovation, and the creation of new pathways to graduation. He oversaw the department at a time when it had to make numerous changes as a result of repeated changes in education law from the state legislature.

This year he’s seen quite a bit of controversy, as his school choice director, David Hansen, resigned after manipulating charter school evaluations. And some state school board members called for Ross to resign after he worked behind the scenes to get a controversial bill passed allowing for more aggressive state takeover of struggling public schools.

“Coming out of retirement four years ago to advocate on behalf of the boys and girls in our classrooms has been the most rewarding experience in my career,” Ross said. “I enjoyed putting to use my 40 years of experience to strengthen education in our state and I am proud of the progress we’ve made in pursuing new reforms that can position our schools for better academic success.”