Advocacy Update – 11.9.23 – ODEW Director Named, GAC Workgroup, and Upcoming SBOE Meeting

New Director of ODEW

Governor DeWine has named Steve Dackin as the new director of the Department of Education and Workforce.  Dackin briefly served as state superintendent of the State Board of Education in 2022, but stepped down after an ethics inquiry.  Dackin has most recently served as the superintendent of school and community partnerships for Columbus State University.  Prior to this role, Dackin served as the superintendent of Reynoldsburg city schools from 2007- 2014. 
Governor DeWine is also expected to name two deputy DEW directors that will serve under Dackin.  


Gifted Advisory Council – Equitable Identification Workgroup Public Meeting

The Equitable Identification Workgroup within the  Gifted Advisory Council has announced their public meeting on November 13th from 3:30 to 4:30.  Members of the public are free to attend, but will not be allowed to participate.  Please click this link to view the agenda and webinar link.


State Board of Education

The State Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, November 14th at 8am.  This meeting can be viewed on the  The agenda and meeting documents are located at this link