Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Meet the school board candidates Oct 1

There will be an opportunity to meet the candidates for the Mount Vernon Board of Education on October 1 at the Mount Vernon High School Theater at 6:30 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the Ohio Association of Public School Employees and the Mount Vernon Education Association.

For more information, see the KnoxPages article “Candidates night slated for Mount Vernon school board hopefuls.”

The following are the candidates running for the two open seats:

Mary Rugola-Dye

Daniel Hamman

Stephen L. Thompson (incumbent)

Information regarding Rugola-Dye’s candidacy can be found at www.friendsofrugoladye.org.

Also, see here and here for video of Rugola-Dye’s remarks as an audience member during a meet the candidates night in 2011.


For coverage of the event, see the Mount Vernon News article “Candidates discuss views for Mount Vernon schools.”


The following are the results for the school board race (there were two open seats on the board):

Stephen L. Thompson 2,874   (39.19%)

Mary C. Rugola-Dye  2,770   (37.77%)

Daniel Hamman 1,689   (23.03%)

The election results are from the Knox County Board of Elections summary report of 8:18 p.m. Nov. 5, 2013.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Podcast: TRI attorney discusses Freshwater case

The following is from a June 24, 2013 post by IDTheFuture.com:

 “On this episode of ID The Future, listen in as Joshua Youngkin and attorney Rita Dunaway of The Rutherford Institute discuss the academic freedom case of John Freshwater, an Ohio middle school science teacher of 24 years. Freshwater was fired after it was revealed that he was teaching both the strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian evolution in his classroom.”

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ohio Supreme Court hears Freshwater case

The Ohio Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday regarding John Freshwater’s claim that he was wrongfully terminated from his job teaching at Mount Vernon City Schools.

(“Case No. 2012-0613 John Freshwater v. Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education”)

 Additional information 

“Document dump: School board and cohorts file briefs in Freshwater case”

“Freshwater responds to school board’s arguments”

See the articles in the archive for additional coverage of the Freshwater controversy.


See here for an article by Freshwater’s attorney Rita M. Dunaway which gives a behind-the-scenes look into her experience arguing the case before the court.