“I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowledge among the people. No other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom, and happiness.”—Thomas Jefferson
Public education is the foundation of our democracy, and the Education Committee is committed to working toward providing all children with an equal opportunity for quality education.
Our committee will address education concerns at the local, state, and federal levels. It appears, at this time, that the charter school issue, while still a major concern, has taken a back seat to other issues at the federal level. So with the Kasich budget headed toward the legislature in the next month or two, our committee will be focusing on researching all aspects of the education portion of that budget and the effects of these budget proposals on individual school districts. We will meet with area school district treasurers and our state legislators and plan to attend local board of education meetings. We want to be sure that schools are not adversely affected by deep state cuts in the budget.
Another focus of our committee will be the ESSA federal legislation which is the law that mandates all testing throughout the country. Once again we will be researching the impact this legislation has had on schools both in the area of curriculum and in the area of finance. We know that these testing programs are a huge cost in terms of time and money to each district. Later we will turn our attention to the issue of charter schools or school choice and the impact of moving money from public schools to vouchers and/or charter schools.