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Battle over board seat for Ohio teachers’ pension could define a limit to the governor’s power

By Colleen Marshall March 26, 2024

A power struggle in the State Teachers Retirement System had a full audience in Ohio’s Tenth District Court of Appeals Tuesday, as retired educators lined the room while an ousted board member fought for his chair back.

The battle over Wade Steen’s seat on the State Teachers Retirement System board could have an added side-effect of defining Gov. Mike DeWine’s constitutional authority. After the governor appointed Steen to the board, he removed him from the position in May 2023. With no clear answer on why he was ousted, Steen quickly sued in the district court for usurpation of office.

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