Tackling Ohio’s toughest education challenges

Creating smart, coherent education policy is painstaking work; there are technical, budgetary, and political challenges at almost every turn. But it is some of the most important work that state leaders can undertake. As Ohioans prepare to elect a new governor this November, and as state leaders look to build upon past education successes, we at the Fordham Institute are developing a set of policy proposals that we believe can lead to increased achievement and greater opportunities for Ohio students.

Over the coming months, we’ll post a series of policy proposals on our blog and compile them on this page. These proposals aim to ensure that Ohio can thrive well into the future in a global economy where knowledge, talent, and technical skills are at a premium. Ohio has a long proud history as one of the nation’s engines of growth, but today faces challenges such as a large “talent gap.” To better understand this gap, only 43 percent of working age Ohioans have postsecondary certifications today. By 2025, it is estimated that 64 percent of in-demand jobs will require such credentials. A strong K-12 education system is a key to closing this enormous gap.

We believe that if Ohio policy leaders adopt and implement the education policy proposals outlined here, more Ohio  students will be on a surer track for success in school—and in life.

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Links to individual blogs on policy proposals:

Use direct certification for economically disadvantaged funding (posted September 10, 2018)

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Image credits (from L to R, above): Gunay Aliyeva (high expectations), leremy (empowering families), leremy (supporting great educators), bananajazz (funding), raufaliyev (college/career).