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September 03, 2009
September 09, 2009
We don’t know the fine-grain details of Governor Kasich’s education plan yet, but the early indicators are promising. Many of the state’s district superintendents have reacted positively to the plan—though, without specifics, their comments remain guarded. The plan also earned praise from economist Eric Hanushek of Stanford University, who calls the governor’s plan “a significant improvement in the financing of Ohio schools.” Hanushek adds, saying that Kasich “has targeted extra funding toward achievement and has set the stage for unleashing local innovation to boost student outcomes."
A few of the promising elements that may have sparked the interest of Hanushek and others include targeted funding for innovation, a revamped funding formula, and expansions for quality school choice. Specifically, in his plan, the governor has proposed to:
The fine print will be released next week. And we’re sure that there will be wrangling about the details: How will these concepts be implemented in practice? How will we know whether the plan—or elements of it—actually work? But, at first blush, the plan looks to be on the right track. First, the Straight A Fund promises to incentivize bold changes, both technological and process innovations. Second, the plan focuses on efficiency. Ohio’s economy remains fragile and local taxpayers are tapped out. Learning from schools that produce great results at minimal costs is an imperative. Finally, from a student-learning perspective, the Kasich plan expands quality school choice options and appears to more fairly distribute funds to Ohio students that need the aid the most.