Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has proposed sweeping changes to public education, including an overhaul of the state’s school funding, expansion of the school year by 20 days, extending the school day, require all day kindergarten, change the testing system to eliminate the Ohio Graduation Test, Improve educator quality through a residency program for new teachers. The governor said he won’t call for raising taxes, but warned of sacrifice as government programs are reduced and a variety of fees are increased.
Twenty school days is another month of school. School districts are struggling now to get levies passed to cover the cost of existing education. Where is the money coming from to continue busing students another month, heating and cooling old worn-out buildings, increasing salaries for staff, and providing new space for all day kindergarten? Most schools use the same space and staff for both am and pm kindergarten.