Ohio needs to make sure higher education is about our kids, not professors and administrators. We need to use technologies to pipe in “best in class” professors across the public system. Let’s discontinue poorly performing programs and push professors back into the classroom to teach. We need to work with education experts and officials to solve the “4 PM – 8 AM Problem,” so that our kids always come to school ready to learn.
We also cannot forget the children living in dysfunctional homes racked by violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and other “strikes” that make it hard for them to go to school ready to learn. And, with so many public colleges and universities scattered across our communities, we need to make sure these places serve the purposes for which they were started—educating our kids so they can get good jobs upon graduating. I will roll up my sleeves and invite anyone who wants to help to address these systemic challenges.
When it comes to the U.S. Department of Education, I believe we need to make that entity focus its time and money on serving as a neutral data collector for the states. By gathering data on outcomes, spending, and other key education metrics for public, private, parochial and charter schools, the fifty states can see what is working and what is not working that will allow each state to compare and compete to get the best outcomes for our kids at the most efficient cost per pupil. Where possible, I will advocate for getting as much education power and money currently in Washington back to the states and school districts so they can make decisions on curriculum, testing, and teacher evaluations without interference or mandates from bureaucrats in Washington.