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Ex-Ohio State Quarterback Appointed to Ohio Board of Education


Stanley Jackson, a former quarterback for Ohio State University, was appointed last week to the Ohio state board of education by Gov. John Kasich.

Jackson's term is set to run through the end of 2012, according to a press release issued by the governor's office. The former QB will replace Dennis Reardon, a former executive director of the Ohio Education Association, who resigned from the board earlier this month due to scheduling conflicts, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Since his time at Ohio State, Jackson played football professionally in the Canadian Football League and the Continental Indoor Football League, before hanging his cleats up for good in 2009. After retiring from professional football, Jackson moved on to become an Ohio State football analyst for the television station WTVN-AM, according to The Record.

Where are Jackson's ties to education, you may wonder. Before being nominated to the board last week, he was in the process of creating a charter school, the Dispatch reported Friday.

Ohio prohibits state board members from simultaneously holding a position with a private or public school, which will force Jackson to resign from the charter before it ever comes to fruition.

Despite clearing up any potential charter-involvement brouhaha, Jackson's appointment doesn't come without controversy.

For one, he never graduated from Ohio State, a university spokesperson told NPR last week. A spokesman for Kasich told NPR that he was "sure" that the administration knew Jackson hadn't graduated from Ohio State before appointing him to the state board.

Furthermore, Jackson never presented a resume to Kasich's staff before being appointed, according to the Dispatch.

The Ohio state board of education is comprised of 19 members in total—11 elected officials and eight who are appointed by the governor. With Reardon's resignation earlier this month and Jackson's appointment, Kasich is now responsible for seven of the eight appointed board members, the paper reported.

Only two of the seven other appointed members had professional experience in education before serving on the board, according to NPR.

No word yet as to whether Jackson can convince his fellow board members to adopt an official resolution boycotting the University of Michigan. (Kidding!)

Photo: Ohio State quarterback Stanley Jackson makes some practice passes during a team workout in 1996 before facing Arizona State in the Rose Bowl.(John Hayes/AP-File)

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