COLUMBUS– Ohio Governor John Kasich spelled out his plan for Ohio schools on Thursday.
“Achievement Everywhere” is part of Kasich’s budget proposal. It’s supposed to help provide all schools the resources they need so their students can succeed, regardless of where they live.
The plan provides $1.2 billion in total new funds over two years for primary and secondary education.
Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon said he looks forward to reviewing details of the governor’s proposal.
“It’s too early to tell what the details mean for Cleveland,” Gordon said, adding, “But at first glance, there are several strong indications the state is addressing long-standing problems with school funding in Ohio.”
Gordon said he likes what he sees so far in the philosophical structure of the budget, particularly in the governor’s attempt to address Ohio school districts’ long-standing reliance on property taxes.
District officials are expected to review the proposal at a school board and senior leadership retreat this weekend, along with feedback provided in community surveys and at more than 20 meetings held to engage citizens in shaping the district’s reform strategies and academic priorities over the next four years.
Here is part of Mentor Schools Superintendent Matthew Miller’s response:
“We truly believe in the value of bringing technology into our classrooms, many of our teachers are already piloting initiatives, and we’re getting ready for an instructional shift. Today’s students are a different type of learner than students of the past, and we need to change our classrooms in order to ensure they are career or college ready when they graduate. We are encouraged the governor is proposing to offer some assistance programs and grant money, to assist us in bringing some of the innovative ideas being researched by Mentor Schools to fruition.”