May 27, 2024

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Ohio education dept. employee had conflict of interest

Michael Troper

An Ohio Department of Education employee had outside employment that conflicted with his job and misused state resources to do that job, the state’s top watchdog found.

Michael Troper, a former Worthington city councilman, has been an area coordinator for the education department since 2018, a job advising and assisting school districts with policies and guidelines related to state school funding. But the Ohio Inspector General alleges that he maintained his employment as a treasurer for three community schools that he oversaw in his state role.

Troper’s job application to the education department made no mention of his job as a treasurer, said the report. When asked why, Troper was vague with investigators, saying his work with charter school management company Educational Solutions Company was part time, and that he disclosed it during the onboarding process.