COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Four candidates have made the final cut in Ohio's search for a new schools chief.
Finalists named Monday include Gov. John Kasich's top education adviser, Richard Ross. The former Reynoldsburg superintendent helped craft Kasich's school-funding plan. Current Interim Superintendent Michael Sawyers is also a finalist.
It's the second time in as many years that the 19-member Ohio Board of Education has searched for a new state superintendent. The board hired an Iowa-based firm to conduct a national search to replace Stan Heffner, who resigned amid ethical questions about his relationship with an educational testing contractor.
Other finalists invited to interview March 4 are Charles Hokanson Jr., former president of the Alliance for School Choice, and former Massachusetts schools chief Michael Sentance.
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