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September 03, 2009
September 09, 2009
The education provisions of Governor Kasich’s “mid-biennium review” (Senate Bill 316) had their first hearing in the Senate education committee yesterday. The proposals range from small, administrative fixes to sweeping policy changes. There had been much speculation that November's sound defeat of S.B. 5 by Ohio voters would cause Kasich and fellow Republicans to shy away from tough or controversial measures; a quick review of SB 316 shows that isn't the case.
In a nutshell, it is fair to say that all of the governor’s major education proposals are aimed at making sure everyone – educators, parents, and the public – has a clearer and more accurate understanding of how well Ohio’s schools are doing in preparing students for college and the workforce. For example, SB 316 would shine more light on the performance of Ohio’s schools by:
Additionally, the bill would:
Governor Kasich still has yet to tackle a few areas of education policy that need attention here (school funding first and foremost; and separate legislation is expected as early as this week regarding Mayor Jackson’s Plan for Cleveland’s schools), but there is much to like in what the governor has put forth. Hearings by topic area will continue in the Senate education committee over coming weeks. Lawmakers will put their own stamp on the bill as it moves through the legislature, which is expected to happen swiftly because several major provisions need to be in place before the start of next school year yet much of the bill cannot take effect until 90 days after it is signed by the governor.