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More on Ohio Budget: Education Cuts Overhaul System

March 16, 2011

Is this what Ohioians voted for? To reform their public education system?

Middletown Journal reports: [entire article click here]

Education spending under Kasich will take a double-digit cut for both K-12 and higher education. Local schools will see an 11.5 percent reduction next fiscal year and 4.9 percent in 2013. In total, K-12 spending will fall from $11.5 billion in 2011 to $9.7 billion in 2013.

Kasich plans to double the number of vouchers available for students to attend private schools, allow students and parents to decide when online learning is appropriate, and give teachers and parents the ability to take over under-performing schools.

“We need to change the system so we can have more success,” Kasich said.

Colleges and universities will see a slightly smaller reduction, losing 10.5 percent of funding in 2012. Higher education spending will see a slight bump in 2013, but overall spending will drop from $2.5 billion in 2011 to $2.3 billion in 2013.

College and university professors — even those who are medical researchers — would be required to teach an additional class every two years. Kasich said it would be interesting to see how this proposal is received.

Beginning in 2002, Kasich received $50,000 a year as a presidential fellow at Ohio State University, where he met with students and guest lectured but did not teach courses. An investment banker at the time, Kasich reported to a securities industry regulatory group in 2008 that he spent four hours a month at OSU.

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