THE STAKES ARE HIGH
As the husband of a teacher of 30 years, I can say that I believe that public education is the bedrock of our society. Education for teachers isn’t just a career but a calling. Over the years, my wife and I have purchased countless supplies for her classroom and her students. My wife has advocated for her students not only on behalf of their education, but for clothing, food, glasses and even a hair salon visit for an underprivileged student being raised by her grandpa. In my opinion, it is one of the last noble professions around. However, this administration and the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos want to undermine our public education system.
In a time when we should be think and talking about expanding the public school system to include free college tuition to all public colleges and universities, they want to privatize our education system. They champion unregulated charter schools as the answer to a very serious concern of the education of our children. Now don’t get me wrong; a charter school in the right situation, held to the same standards as our public schools, can be a very useful resource. Unfortunately, that is not what is happening.
Although there may not be any brick and mortar charter schools in Ashland County, virtual online schools pose the biggest threat. Many of these virtual schools have failing report cards. However, unlike your local school district who has to report this information and are held accountable by the state, the state has taken a laissez-faire approach towards charter schools. Therefore, these virtual schools aren't forced to take responsibility for failing to teach your student, The kicker here is that most virtual schools cost twice as much to educate a student as does the local public school. Accountability needs to change, and if I’m elected I will be a watchdog for our students' education and our public education system.