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Statement of State Board of Education President Debe Terhar

Release date: 8/4/2012

“I am saddened by Superintendent Heffner’s resignation for retirement. His courage and enthusiasm have launched many needed improvements in the Department of Education, particularly a renewed emphasis on children as the center of our education system, as well as specific programs to improve educational opportunities for every student in Ohio.

Because he is so focused on children and their best interest, he is stepping aside so that those who might use him to resist needed change in Ohio education policy will be unable to deter continuing progress. I support his decision and believe that it was made in the best interest of Ohio’s children. I wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors.”

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