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Ohio Superintendent Cited for Lobbying

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An investigation by Ohio’s inspector general has revealed that Superintendent of Public Instruction Stan W. Heffner had signed an employment agreement with the Princeton, N.J.-based Educational Testing Service when he lobbied for the company’s tests to be used in written testimony to the state Senate last year while serving as interim superintendent.

A report released Aug. 2 from Inspector General Randall Meyer said the state board of education should consider taking action against Mr. Heffner, according to the Associated Press. (Mr. Heffner eventually rejected the job at the ETS to become Ohio’s permanent superintendent.)

Debe Terhar, the chairwoman of the state school board, said she believes the board will act on Mr. Meyer’s findings in September and said Mr. Heffner displayed “a woeful lack of judgment.” Mr. Heffner apologized and said he had learned from his “mistakes” and would accept any punishment from the state board.

Vol. 31, Issue 37, Page 4

Published in Print: August 8, 2012, as Ohio Superintendent Cited for Lobbying
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