State of Ohio Archives: on Education


Jim Renacci: Top-down, one-size-fits-all approach has proven ineffective

The top down approach to education policy endorsed for so long has proven ineffective, one size does not fit all in this case. Education is a personal experience, and one that is best handled through state, local, and parental involvement. Whether we are talking about early childhood, K-12, or higher education policies, our children and their parents need more opportunity, flexibility, and quality when it comes to education. Streamlining spending, reducing the federal bureaucracies role in education, promoting flexibility and innovation, improving teacher quality, and empowering parents are all a step in the right direction.

Enhanced coordination at the local level and other creative solutions will provide more opportunity for our children. It will take a more intelligent and innovative approach if we are to provide the skills and knowledge necessary for the next generation to succeed.

Source: 2018 Ohio gubernatorial campaign website renacci.house.gov May 2, 2017

Dennis Kucinich: Charter schools are a multi-billion dollar boondoogle

Dennis Kucinich criticized charter schools as a drain on public funding and public schools. Kucinich called charter schools a "multi-billion dollar boondoogle" that forces Ohioans to subsidize private school education with money that is supposed to go to public schools.

Charter schools are publicly funded, privately operated schools. "If you want to send your kid to a private school, pay for it," Kucinich said. "But don't send your kid to private school and tell the public they have to pay for it."

Kucinich outlined his concerns about charter schools and plans to expand public funding of private schools through vouchers. "They're taking the money out of the public schools," Kucinich said. "And the legislators are getting political contributions hand over fist." He said he and others are looking at "legal options" on how to fight the public funding of charter schools. "It's wide open for lawsuits, which is another thing we are looking at," Kucinich said.

Source: Dayton Daily News on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race Apr 24, 2017

Joe Schiavoni: Protect students from failing online charter schools

Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni released the following statement regarding an audit of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT): "ECOT and other online schools have known since at least the beginning of 2015 that they were expected to document when students logged on and logged off. That was clearly spelled out in instructions sent to e-schools regarding ODE's attendance review process. It's shameful that ECOT has the worst graduation rate in the nation while owing taxpayers $60 million. Thankfully, the Department of Education is fulfilling its responsibility to protect students from failing online charter schools that seem more concerned about profits than graduation rates.

"While some online charter schools are doing a good job of educating their students, the evidence is overwhelming that many are not. That's why I introduced Senate Bill 39 to bring more accountability and transparency to Ohio's online charter schools."

Source: OhioSenate.gov on Pennsylvania voting record SB39 Mar 11, 2017

Ted Strickland: Criticizes $71M in charter school funding for rigged report

State and federal education officials have refused to provide Ohio's application for $71 million in grant money for charter schools. Documents released by the state showed David Hansen, the state's former charter chief, resigned after admitting that he manipulated evaluations of charter-school sponsors to mask the poor performance of some of their schools.

Senate candidate Ted Strickland also has joined a growing list of critics. "If dismal charter school performance isn't enough, we now know that Ohio's State Department of Education was illegally propping them up. In July, Ohio's chief charter school oversight officer--the very person who filled out Ohio's application for your grant money--resigned when it was discovered that he deliberately tampered with charter school sponsor evaluations to mask just how horrible charter schools are actually performing," Strickland wrote. "You just awarded $71 million in taxpayer dollars to a state department of education that has been rigging the books."

Source: Columbus Dispatch on 2016 Ohio Senate race Oct 5, 2015

John Kasich: $120 million student debt relief fund; plus online college

They're going along with this idea of two-year schools being able to award a bachelor degree. Unbelievable. And they're going to adopt new online competency-based courses. In other words, if you're a nurse and you're 32 and you want to get a bigger certificate, you're going to be able to go online and get that done. And you'll be able to take those courses and get that degree. You won't even have to sit in a classroom if you've got it all together.

With lower costs, and a freeze on tuition, more students can afford college, hopefully finish without the huge debts. And we have $120 million in this student debt relief fund. Honestly, I think it's like a thimble in the ocean. We know how tough it is. We know you have a lot of debt. We want to do something to help you. It could be related to the fact that if you take an in-demand job and you stay in Ohio for five years, we'll give you the help you want. We think it's absolutely critical.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Ohio Legislature Feb 24, 2015

Josh Mandel: Expand school choice to public, charter, & private schools

Whether it's home-schooling, private schools, public schools or charter schools, I believe the choice of what's best for children should be in the hands of their parents--not some bureaucrat in Columbus. I believe that applying free market principles to the education world will make all ships rise, and ultimately produce stronger, more disciplined and better educated children to compete and succeed in the global marketplace.

I recently had the honor of speaking to thousands of parents and children who were rallying at our Statehouse for the expansion of school choice. Representing various races, religions and socioeconomic classes, these families came from all corners of the state to brave the cold and have their voices heard regarding our fight to expand educational opportunities in Ohio.

This is an issue that should bring together Republicans, Democrats and Independents, as it is foundational to the strength and prosperity of our nation.

Source: Speech at a school choice rally in Columbus, Ohio Mar 22, 2011

Michael Pryce: Federal funding for K-12 school vouchers

Q: Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?

A: No.

Q: Do you support federal funding for charter schools?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?

A: No.

Source: Ohio Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Lee Fisher: Where you grow up should not determine where you end up

As a father, public servant & children's advocate, I believe strongly that we all have a shared obligation to ensure every child has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential. In order to meet that obligation, it is imperative that we provide Ohio's children with a quality education and a safe place to learn and grow.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, fisherforohio.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Eric Fingerhut: Teach abstinence; require exit exams in high schools

Source: Ohio Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 5, 2002

Eric Fingerhut: Better teacher pay; expanded early education

I support an intensive effort to assure that high quality, certified teachers are available in every classroom. This effort would include improvements in teacher training, increase the evaluation of teacher performance and increase salaries. I also support expanding early childhood education.
Source: Ohio Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 5, 2002

Bob Taft: Implement system of standards, assessments & accountability

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Ohio Legislature Jan 24, 2001

Bob Taft: Ohio’s success depends on keeping education as #1 priority

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Ohio Legislature Jan 24, 2001

Bob Taft: Called for 20,000 reading tutors; program is succeeding

In my Inaugural Address, I called for 20,000 Ohioans to serve as volunteer reading tutors. Frankly, some thought I was setting the bar too high. I did not. I am pleased to report today we have far surpassed our goal - more than 27,000 Ohioans are making a difference by tutoring a child! In spite of all our progress, we cannot rest! We cannot rest until every child learns how to read in elementary school - until every child graduates from high school prepared for college or for the jobs of today.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Ohio Legislature Jan 24, 2001

Joyce Beatty: Adequately fund Ohio public schools

Q: Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected, and how you would fund it.

A: My active legislative platform will be:

Source: Ohio Legislative 2000 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

Charlie Wilson: More funding for teachers

Source: 1998 Ohio Legislative National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Lee Fisher: Encourage charters & corporate investment

Source: Ohio Gubernatorial 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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