I continue to support education as my top budget priority as the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Education, primary and secondary as well as 2-year and 4-year colleges, must be properly funded so every child is guaranteed a quality education. We must provide a safe and secure environment in classrooms built for 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.