Stan Heffner

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Stan Heffner
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Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction
Former officeholder
In office
April 2011 - August 10, 2012
Prior offices
Interim Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction
April 2011 - July 12, 2011
Office website
Stan Heffner is the former Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction. He served as Interim Superintendent from April 2011 until July 12, 2011, when he was formally appointed to the position.[1] Over a year later, on Saturday, August 4, 2012, Heffner tendered his resignation amid revelations that he had committed several ethics violations regarding a job offer he received from Educational Testing Services. Heffner is suspected of covering up a conflict of interest, among other allegations of misconduct, and is currently being investigated by the state inspector general.[2] Heffner's resignation went into effect on Friday, August 10. Deputy Superintendent Michael Sawyers filled in until the State Board of Education, which employs the Superintendent, could appoint a permanent replacement.[3]

Political Career

Superintendent of Public Instruction (2011-2012)

Heffner first assumed the role of Interim Superintendent by the Ohio School Board of Education in April 2011. His appointment was confirmed on July 12 of that year. Heffner resigned in August of 2012 after a scandal broke involving a series of alleged ethics violations committed by the Superintendent in connection to the New-Jersey based company Educational Testing Services.[4] In his statement of resignation, Heffner said, "Because I don’t want opponents of reform to be able to twist mistakes I’ve made into roadblocks to Ohio’s reform efforts, I’m stepping aside to deny them even the chance of doing that."[3]

Inspector general reports ethics violations

Heffner may have violated ethics laws, according to a recent investigation report released by the state inspector general in which the inspector accused Heffner of subverting the process of government in testifying for a legislation that "could and ultimately did benefit a corporation with which he had entered into an agreement of employment."[5] Heffner, while serving as interim superintendent, testified before state lawmakers in favor of House Bill 153, “which required teachers at low-achieving schools retake licensure tests administered by the New Jersey-based company Education Testing Services.”[4] Two weeks earlier, he signed an acceptance letter for a job at ETS that paid $180,000 per year. Heffner did not ultimately accept the job and he has publicly acknowledged his mistake. He initially indicated he had no intention of resigning his post[4] but a few days after the report was released, he formally announced his resignation.[6]



Heffner was appointed as Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2011.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Deborah Delisle
Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction
2011 - 2012 present
Succeeded by
Michael Sawyers