State Reps. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today issued the following statement responding to the governor’s assertion that legislation to require the state’s chief executive to complete an annual 40-hour externship in a public elementary or secondary school is motivated by “partisan politics”:


“We believe what is “more than disappointing” is the fact that under Governor Kasich’s leadership, Ohio has slashed critical funding for local communities and schools; has supported a for-profit charter school industry is failing to educate our children; and even allowed data-scrubbing to cover up charter school shortcomings to occur under this watch.


“Under these challenging circumstances, Ohio teachers make sacrifices every day to ensure our children earn the tools they need to be successful in the 21st century. If the governor is serious about strengthening our schools and preparing our students to succeed, he should embrace the opportunity to gain the real world, on-the-ground experience that can inform sound public policy.


“The governor’s office called our proposal “partisan politics,” yet it has Republican support in the legislature and is being supported by right wing organizations on social media. By the same measure, the fact that Governor Kasich’s proposal has no bipartisan support clearly shows he’s the one guilty of playing partisan politics. At this point, there seems to be more support for our hometown teachers than there is for this out-of-touch, thin-skinned governor.”

 
 
 
  
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