As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, I continue to support education as my top budget priority. Primary and secondary education, as well as two-year and four-year colleges, must be properly funded so every child is guaranteed a quality education. We must provide a safe and secure environment in classrooms and ensure they are equipped with today’s technology. Public education, whether at traditional public schools or charter/community schools, must prepare students for tomorrow’s economic environment. I remain a strong supporter of local control, but I also believe we must measure the success of our students. Our community colleges have made great strides and offer any number of degrees and certifications. Our four-year colleges must continue to offer an affordable degree to all Ohioans who seek one. Successful students are the surest way to invest and maintain a productive and competitive Ohio.