Published Online: October 2, 2012
Published in Print: October 3, 2012, as Ohio Ex-Schools Chief Not Charged in Probe

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Ohio Ex-Schools Chief Not Charged in Probe

Prosecutors have decided not to file charges against Ohio's former schools superintendent, who resigned amid ethical questions about his relationship with an educational testing contractor.

Stan Heffner left office in August after the state watchdog issued a report that found Mr. Heffner had received a job offer from a testing firm when he lobbied state lawmakers last year on a bill that benefited the company.

The inspector general's report also found that Mr. Heffner misused his state email and cellphone to communicate with the contractor, Educational Testing Service, and inappropriately had employees at the state education department handle personal matters such as the sale of his house in suburban Columbus.

City and county prosecutors said in a letter received by the inspector general last week that they were troubled by the allegations but that they didn't rise to the level of criminal conduct.

Vol. 32, Issue 06, Page 5

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