Ohio will search for a new education leader after surprise resignation

The search for a new head of Ohio’s public education system is underway. Again.

And questions remain about why Steve Dackin, the man hired to be the new state superintendent, resigned about two weeks into his tenure.

“I will say that it seems bizarre,” Senate President Matt Huffman, R-Lima, said. “Maybe that’s too strong of a word, but whatever the problem was, if it was an ethics problem, that wasn’t made clear.”

Here’s what we know:

‘Revolving door’ questions

On May 10 the Ohio State Board of Education selected Dackin as the new head of public instruction for K-12 children.

Education groups and state lawmakers praised the pick, citing Dackin’s 40-year record in public education as a teacher, district superintendent and state school board member.

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