For the past year, Ohio policymakers have been grappling with the issue of deregulating public schools. But what does deregulation really mean—and how should policymakers go about doing it?

Join us in Columbus on Thursday, June 11, 2015 for the release of Fordham's newest report, Getting Out of the Way: Education Flexibility to Boost Innovation and Improvement in Ohio. The report highlights the key issues policymakers need to consider when loosening the regulatory grip on public schools. The questions discussed include:

  • Which policies should be on the table for deregulation—and which ones should not be touched?
  • What are the surest policy levers to provide educators with needed flexibility?
  • If given greater freedom, how can districts wield it, and how can state leaders safeguard against abuse?

The lead author, Paolo DeMaria of Education First, will present the ideas and suggestions from this report.

A moderated panel discussion will follow.


  • Tom Ash - Director Governmental Relations, Buckeye Association of School Administrators
  • Steve Dackin - Superintendent of School and Community Partnerships, Columbus State Community College
  • C. Todd Jones - Member-at-Large, Ohio Board of Education
  • Marc Schare - Vice-President, Worthington City Schools Board of Education


  • Susan Bodary - Partner, Education First

If you missed the June 11 event, check out the videos:

Paolo DeMaria's presentation of findings:

And you can access Paolo's slides here.

Susan Bodary's moderated panel discussion: