Andy Chow | Ohio Public Radio
In his plan for Ohio’s education system, DeWine wants to prepare students for college or for the job they want.
The Republican gubernatorial nominee says making sure kids are ready for college needs to start before they even start elementary school, through early childhood development. He says often times students from low-income areas or with adverse childhood experiences immediately start school at a disadvantage.
DeWine: “We have an obligation I think to reach these kids and if we’re going to reach them we’ve got to do it very, very early.”
DeWine stresses that an emphasis on higher standards upon graduation does not mean an emphasis on testing. In fact, he wants to find a way to reduce the amount of standardized tests administered in schools, and instead find other ways to measure student growth.
DeWine: “Allowing teachers to teach the subject matter and to focus on that is very, very important and I think the pendulum, frankly, has swung too far towards the testing. You have to have tests, we’re having too many now.”
There’s also a component of DeWine’s plan that would add more attention towards vocational training. But DeWine urges he doesn’t want to make too many changes, saying teachers are looking for stability.
DeWine: “We have to resist the temptation of constantly changing, you know, moving the goal line. Teachers just throw up their hands sometimes when they talk to me and say ‘just tell us what the rules are but for heaven’s sake stop changing them.’”
DeWine says, as governor, he would implement a pay-for-performance model, to add accountability for taxpayer money.
DeWine: “What we need to demand from the people who are running these schools is accountability and accountability means they don’t get paid until we find out what that child has learned.”
Along with ideas for Ohio’s K-12 system, DeWine wants colleges to freeze tuition for students upon enrollment, so their payments stay the same till they leave the school.
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