Kasich will reveal his school funding plan this week and all signs point to an expansion of Ohio’s failed charter school experiment.
Kasich kicked off the week-long, pro-charter party today by releasing a resolution officially declaring the next seven days School Choice Week in Ohio.
And in typical Kasich fashion, he’ll be releasing the details of the plan in front of friendly audiences like the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA).
While most of Ohio’s education-related organizations are banding together in Strong Schools Strong Communities, BASA opted not to join the non-partisan, pro-public school group and now they will be rewarded by Kasich.
This Thursday BASA, along with the Ohio Coalition for Quality Education and Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, will host a “superintendents’ only meeting for a presentation on school funding with Dr. Dick Ross and Barbara Mattei-Smith from the office of Governor John Kasich.”
According to the invitation, “the meeting will be held on January 31, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Polaris Hilton located at 8700 Lyra Drive, Columbus, Ohio” . It is restricted only to school superintendents. The invitation reminds potential attendees that “this is an emotional topic around which people hold strong views” and asks that superintendents wishing to attend “do so with the typical sense of interest and respect you demonstrate in all that you do.”
In other words: sit down, shut up and trust that John Kasich knows what’s best for you, for our schools and for all of Ohio’s children.
Kasich has absolutely zero connection to public schools in Ohio, evidenced by the fact that officials at his local public school district in Westerville have to choose between a new school levy or eliminating school sports after Kasich’s severe, statewide education cuts hit very close to home.
While we’d all like to believe Kasich spent the past two years coming up with an amazing school funding plan that will be constitutional, fair and effective, I don’t believe anyone is actually expecting that type of plan to emerge this week.
Instead… all signs points to fail!