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. I support policies that empower students and parents to make the best choice for their education and learning environment.
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.