Before embarking on his school funding plan, Governor Strickland spent months traveling the state getting input from educators, school administrators and parents.

In typical Kasich fashion, it seems the new Governor’s plans for Ohio’s school have been developed in secret without any input from important stakeholders or from legislative leaders who will need to pass the proposed legislation into law.

As we reported earlier this month, House Education committee leaders like Republican Gerald Stebelton don’t seem to have any details about Kasich’s plans.

Even more disturbing, the Ohio Education Association has been completely excluded from the process.  According to the OEA website, the organization “represents more than 121,000 teachers, faculty members and support professionals who work in Ohio’s schools, colleges and universities to help improve public education and the lives of Ohio’s children.”

Today OEA President Patricia Frost-Brooks sent a letter to Governor Kasich criticizing his previous school budget cuts of $1.8 Billion and expressing dismay that OEA was not giving input the latest budget plans:

I am writing to express my disappointment that you are developing a new school funding formula, a state education budget and a set of education reforms in a process that has included only the select few while excluding groups like the Ohio Education Association, which represents more than 121,000 educators, faculty members and education support professionals.

In the past, the policy processes that exclude key stakeholders have resulted in extreme cuts to Ohio’s public schools, the diversion of public school funding to for-profit charter schools, online schools and voucher-supported private schools. The budget cuts in the current biennium have narrowed curriculum choices for students, increased class sizes and shifted school funding burdens from the state to local districts.

Despite having none of the important stakeholders involved in his school funding plans, I don’t think anyone will be surprised when President Frost-Brooks predictions come true: “cuts to Ohio’s public schools, the diversion of public school funding to for-profit charter schools, online schools and voucher-supported private schools.”

Evangelize!
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  • http://ohio15th.blogspot.com StubbornLiberal

    John Kasich is still a vindictive person and considers Ohio teachers as his enemies. However, if I were a Republican teacher and chairperson of a county GOP like Kyle Farmer, then he’d listen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.curry.5074 John Curry

    Looks like campaign contributions from ECOT”s William Lager and White Hat’s David Brennan to Kasich are really paying off, doesn’t it? Of course, public schools are prohibited by law from making campaign contributions. And…. the vast majority of the public still hasn’t any idea that this is going on!

  • http://ohio15th.blogspot.com StubbornLiberal

    Here in central Ohio, we’re down to only the Dispatch which operates as part public relations, and part cheerleading squad for the Kasich administration. Kasich wants to give more money to failing charter schools and let corporate friends profit off of the running of schools. That is positively disgusting because our children will lose.

  • dmoore2222

    Democratic Party voters had the opportunity to bury this stooge in 2010 but failed to show up at the polls. As they say, elections have consequences.

  • kmo

    Let this be a lesson to not get lazy again! With the redistricting to keep Republicans in power, it is more important than ever to get out and vote to have a little bit of counter balance. Vote!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carrie-Preston/100000765994211 Carrie Preston

    And all this surprises us how? He has proven to be devious and unscrupulous time and time again. We need to make sure that when he leaves all wrongs are righted. Let’s get the right man running against him. NO SECOND TERM!!

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