Ohio’s recently revamped Department of Education has a new director, confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday.
Steve Dakin, the new Secretary of Education and Labor, had already been appointed by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine earlier this month, but required final approval from senators.
In an emailed statement to The Associated Press, Dakin said he is honored and excited to lead the department and said he works with the governor to “work with Ohio students and families, our future workforce, and ultimately… We have a significant opportunity to shape future outcomes.” , the success of our state and its residents. ”
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Dakin attended the University of Dayton and earned a master’s degree in educational administration. He is a former teacher, principal, Reynoldsburg Schools Superintendent, Columbus State Community College Superintendent of School and Community Partnerships, and Vice President of the State Board of Education.
He is also a former state superintendent of public instruction who previously led the Ohio Department of Education. However, he resigned 11 days after taking office after an ethics investigation into his professional conduct was launched.
The Ohio Ethics Commission investigated Duckin for possible ethics violations after he resigned as vice chair of the state commission. He then applied for the governor’s position. Mr. Dakin was the head of a search committee to find a new superintendent, but he has since resigned from the committee and applied for the position himself.
Mr. Dakin reached a settlement with the Ethics Commission, received no salary for 11 days during his tenure, and participated in ethics training.
The new director’s approval comes amid a lawsuit that claims the Department of Education overhaul passed in the state budget earlier this summer is unconstitutional and seeks an injunction to prevent the new department from taking effect.
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The injunction was ultimately denied, but the case is still proceeding in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.