A Republican-proposed overhaul of how Ohio oversees K-12 acquisition and decision-making connected world standards, exemplary curricula and schoolhouse territory ratings cleared nan authorities Senate connected Wednesday pinch a ballot on statement lines.
Oversight of nan state’s acquisition section would displacement to a head appointed by nan governor, alternatively of nan State Board of Education and nan superintendent it elects. The measure would besides rename nan Ohio Department of Education arsenic nan Department of Education and Workforce, and transportation galore of nan authorities schoolhouse board’s powers to nan department’s caller director.
That director, arsenic good arsenic nan lawman board for nan recently created divisions of Primary and Secondary Education and Career Technical Education, would besides person to beryllium OK'd by nan authorities Senate.
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Wednesday's ballot was 26-7, pinch each Republicans supporting nan measurement and each Democrats opposing.
The Ohio Senate has passed a measure that would upend astir of nan state's acquisition oversight process.
This connection isn't new. A akin measure grounded to get capable votes successful nan last days of nan GOP-led Legislature's past convention aft different proposals were tacked connected last-minute, including banning transgender girls from playing girls sports and creating protections for unvaccinated K-12 kids. That mixed connection was opposed by Democrats and sewage mixed reviews from Republicans.
Sen. Bill Reineke, of Tiffin, said successful erstwhile grounds that nan measure has aggregate goals, including to guarantee accountability and transparency wrong Ohio's acquisition structure, arsenic good arsenic thief reside nan state's workforce needs by making students much alert of profession pathways different than a four-year-degree.
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Supporters of nan bill, including Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, applaud it arsenic a measurement to revamp a failing, disorganized system, which they opportunity is bogged down pinch governmental infighting among schoolhouse committee members and has been excessively slow to reside issues specified arsenic nan diminution successful student accomplishment during nan pandemic, proscription shortages and chronic student absenteeism.
Opponents of nan measure, including existent schoolhouse committee members and nan Ohio Federation of Teachers, said giving much power to nan governor's agency would consequence successful partisan oversight complete nan state's education, not much accountability.
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The measure now goes to nan authorities House for consideration.