Legislative redistricting could change education policy in Ohio

The county lines for the House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate are not the only ones to be redrawn in 2022.

Eleven elected members of the Ohio State Board of Education are also getting new boundaries, and public school advocates say those lines were designed to marginalize voices that are not conservative.

“I’d like to say I was surprised, but I’m not,” said Ohio Teachers Federation President Melissa Cropper. “This is just another example of how the Republican Party is using its political power to manipulate the system to silence the voices of people who disagree with them.”

But the office of Governor Mike Devine, who drew the county, said they had done their best to “create a map without change, given that the puzzle pieces have changed radically.”

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