Proclaiming as Ohio’s Governor that teachers come from “a grand and powerful profession, worthy to be honored and respected” and “in order for our society to accomplish great things, it must heed the importance of the work of public servants,” Governor Kasich today issued two proclamations declaring this week both Teacher Appreciation Week and Public Service Appreciation Week.

I can’t wait for the SB 5 repeal ads that could be made from this.  That’s the only thought that kept me from punching a hole in my wall when I read these resolutions.

From the Governor’s Press Release:

“Ohio has tens of thousands of outstanding teachers for whom education is more than a job—it’s a calling.  I’m grateful for the work they do and I encourage every Ohioan to take time this week to thank an educator for their commitment to Ohio’s future.  Recognizing those good efforts and incentivizing it is why I want to replace Ohio’s outdated pay system for teachers with one that rewards high performance.  Currently, teachers are paid largely on the basis of how many years they’ve been on the job.  That’s not fair because it fails to recognize the successes of Ohio’s highest-performing educators.  I want to hear from those teachers who want a better way and who have ideas for how to get us there.  I look forward to working with them to create a better way,” said Kasich.

In addition to a new performance-based pay system, other education reforms proposed in Kasich’s Jobs Budget include expanding charter schools and school choice vouchers, encouraging schools to reduce overhead costs by sharing back-office functions, and giving parents the ability to take over failing schools and reconstitute them with oversight from the state.

Kasich so supports teachers, it’s why he’s gutting your school’s funding and your benefits.   Hey, teachers….  you’re welcome! 

And here’s his press release on public employees:

“Public employees are community leaders and our neighbors who work every day to ensure that our state and local communities effectively provide essential services.  Public employees make it possible for us to enjoy basic freedoms and rights we may too often overlook.  They protect us, care for our most vulnerable, teach our children, and maintain our infrastructure to aid commerce and economic development throughout Ohio.  This week I ask all Ohioans to reflect on all that our public employees do in our communities, and thank them for the invaluable work they do each day,” said Kasich.

And here’s House Minority Leader Armond Budish’s spit-take statement:

“Governor Kasich’s statements forced me to check my calendar, and much to my surprise today is not April Fool’s Day. Does he get the irony in them? While he’s putting out statements of praise, he and his Republican cronies are working to systematically destroy public employees and teachers through Senate Bill 5. So Governor Kasich, do you commend the police officer for doing his job well before or after you call him an ‘idiot’? Do you thank teachers and firefighters for the invaluable work before or after you slash their wages and benefits. Once I stop laughing at his audacity to actually put out these statements, I would like to remind the Governor that your actions speak louder than your words.”

You can read all about Governor Kasich’s praise for public school teachers and public employees in next months edition of OMFG magazine:

OMFG Magazine

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  • Anonymous

    Is King John really so clueless or is it an overdeveloped sense of hubris?

    If it’s hubris, we can take comfort in the fact that in Greek tragedies, hubris ultimately results in the possessor’s ruin.

  • Theyeattheirown

    Isn’t that sweet of him…while he’s giving teacher’s a pat on the back he can just pat the knife in a little deeper. What a guy.

  • http://twitter.com/dcviper985 David Corey

    What an asshole. I really don’t think he grasps the incongruity of his actions.

  • http://twitter.com/cck0675 cck0675

    All this will only make us work harder to repeal SB5!

  • http://twitter.com/JMBlair Jen

    Well, that just makes me warm and fuzzy all over. Wait, no, that’s just the anger and rage spreading over me.

  • http://twitter.com/JMBlair Jen

    For good measure, he’ll add a few more pats on the back to make sure that the “Kick Me” sign is firmly attached.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1033822413 Todd Hawes

    This idiot is REALLY unbelievable! What a hypocrite!

  • Geo

    Did someone have to turn him upside down and then around to hear those proclamations? Maybe it was flatulence and some confused it with his normal BS?

  • Soon 2B ex-Ohioan

    It will stop being a calling for me in June. Thanks to King John & his minions, I will no longer be teaching Ohio children.

  • http://motivatedinohio.blogspot.com/ MotivatedinOhio

    I think they would rather he didn’t make their Unions powerless. What a joke.

  • Guest

    Talking out of both sides of his mouth: hypo meet crite.

    Nothing to see here move along. Prince John is a friend to the teachers like he is a friend to people of color, NOT at all.

    OFMG magazine…..LOL, too funny Modern!

  • Anonymous

    Kasich has a lot of damned gall! If he took out a full page ad in every newspaper in Ohio, no one would believe he is sincere about what he’s saying in his “proclamations” What kind of ego enhancing drug is he on, or does he think that he has so many important things to say that he needs to speak out of both sides of his mouth at the same time? It must have been a slow day in Westerville!

  • http://twitter.com/amygmerek Amy Welser Gmerek

    What a joke.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NKZTBFJVSIEAZID72ELD2RUSW4 David

    Amazing …

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NKZTBFJVSIEAZID72ELD2RUSW4 David

    Amazing …

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Merlin-Davis/100002205487709 Merlin Davis

    Is he nuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!we know the truth don;t we……………

  • Anon

    Kasich became governor with the votes of 23.5% of Ohio registered voters. Strickland pulled in 22.6%. So he was elected by a minority of voters and looks like many have turned on him. It is too late though since he is already Gov. We are stuck with his sorry behind for the forseeable future. Let’s make him unpalatable for VP of the radical TGOPers.

  • Anon

    Kasich became governor with the votes of 23.5% of Ohio registered voters. Strickland pulled in 22.6%. So he was elected by a minority of voters and looks like many have turned on him. It is too late though since he is already Gov. We are stuck with his sorry behind for the forseeable future. Let’s make him unpalatable for VP of the radical TGOPers.

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