Ohioans deserve a much more robust K-12 education system that produces students better prepared for the job market or to continue their education. Our past and historical examples show that innovation occurs with competition. Just as our founding fathers envisioned States competing to attract businesses and residents - on a smaller scale, the same should be valid for public education. Schools should compete with other schools.
When we centralize power in education, we get cookie-cutter solutions and less-than-ideal outcomes. We need local school boards to play a more prominent role in educating our children and not be dictated to by the state of Ohio. Rather than a top-down dynamic, we believe a bottom-up approach with proper incentives will be much more beneficial.
We also need to be aware of teachers and their unions working in their best interests. We do not want to produce a financially unsustainable education system, and it is essential that we know that the administrators of our education system are acting in the public's and students' best interest. We need to have safeguards in place to ensure that our education system does not burden the communities they serve. Such burdens stifle prosperity and in a very real sense, deprive residents of their freedom.
We believe parents should have a louder voice than educators, school administrators, and government bureaucrats. We also think we should give parents choices on how best to educate their children and what type of school they may want to attend, whether that is a public school, religious school, charter school, online school, or home school. This is why we believe that more centralization and control by the State of Ohio is a mistake.
Lastly, we believe the time has come to compensate State Board of Education members. We cannot continue asking State Board of Education members to take on a full-time responsibility without compensation. Ohio should provide for a modest compensation of State Board of Education members.
“You get what you pay for…” and as a matter of consequence, the State Board of Education has not worked well because the positions are part-time and unpaid positions. It is past time for members to be compensated for their time. We recommend that State Board of Education members be compensated at $50,000 per year and have annual travel and meals compensation of no more than $5,000, making these modestly paid full-time positions. We also believe that a performance bonus (incentive) is due when education goals meet a threshold set by the Ohio legislature and are under budget. Members of the State Board of Education will be compensated at 15% of the savings when coming in under budget and a maximum of $30,000. Also, the State of Ohio should compensate members of the State Board of Education up to $2,000 per month for office space within their district.
We believe a 40-member board instead of the current 19 will better represent Ohio school districts. The composition will be as follows:
I solemnly swear to uphold the following oath as a member of the Ohio State Board of Education:
I pledge to support and defend the Ohio Constitution, the United States Constitution, and the principles of justice and liberty they represent.
I dedicate myself to ensuring equal opportunity for all students, regardless of race, creed, color, or sex.
I commit to adopting policies that advance educational exceptionalism for every student, striving to provide the highest quality education that empowers individuals to achieve their fullest potential.
I vow to be a responsible steward of public monies and the public trust, consistently seeking efficient and effective ways to allocate resources for the betterment of Ohio's educational system.
I promise to create and maintain a safe environment for robust educational competition, allowing students to explore their potential and grow in an atmosphere of healthy challenges.
I will set aside political biases and work tirelessly to make decisions solely in the best interest of our students and the taxpayers of Ohio.
So help me, God.
Examples of Life Skills:
Reforms for the Ohio State Board of Education are proposed with several major benefits in mind:
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION:
These proposed reforms aim to improve the effectiveness, representation, transparency, and inclusivity of the Ohio State Board of Education, ultimately benefiting students and taxpayers while fostering public engagement and accountability.
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