Ohio school board member resigns due to out-of-state move

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A member of the State Board of Education who resigned because he’s leaving Ohio used his departure to voice concerns about problems that he says will continue to plague the state’s schools.

Former Montgomery County auditor and judge A.J. Wagner, who resigned Friday, had served on the board for two years and advocated on behalf of high-poverty schools and urban districts, the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/2gdx2uP ) reported.

He was appointed in 2014 and elected to a full term later that year. Republican Gov. John Kasich will appoint someone to finish Wagner’s term through 2018, board President Tom Gunlock said.

In his resignation letter, Wagner praised Kasich for demonstrating “a sincere concern for children” but raised numerous concerns about Ohio’s schools.

“I believe education is changing, and not necessarily for the better,” Wagner wrote. “Funding shortages, unnecessary testing, the Ohio report card system, shortage of teachers, elimination of music, art, nurses, recess, counselors and other essential services for our students will certainly haunt Ohio for years to come.”

Wagner also advocated for more pre-kindergarten education, tighter oversight of charter schools and flexibility in graduation standards to account for students “without the talent or money needed for college success.”

He said he hopes his successor achieves more than he did, and that lawmakers are responsive to the voices raising concerns.


Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com