December 6, 2023

Ohio picks Steven Dackin as its new main of K-12 education and learning

Steve Dackin. He was elected vice president of the Ohio State Board of Education on Nov. 15, 2021.

Former State Board of Instruction member Steve Dackin is the new chief of K-12 public instruction.

The State Board of Education and learning voted 14-4 Tuesday to select Dackin from a group of a few finalists. 

Larry Hook, superintendent of Springboro Local community Town University District in Southwest Ohio, acquired four votes from the board’s more conservative users. And Thomas Hosler, superintendent of Perrysburg Exempted Village Faculties in close proximity to Toledo, acquired no votes.

Stephanie Siddens held the position on an interim basis after Paolo DeMaria retired in September 2021

He will “acquire us forward with positive changes for Ohio’s education and learning method,” Board President Charlotte McGuire explained following the vote. 

Dackin, who was not existing for the conference, will oversee the education of Ohio’s 1.7 million K-12 students, the improvement of academic expectations and the licensing of teachers.