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Education Reform

Parity Laws for Education Funding K-12

Parity laws give the public the same right as union members in collective bargaining agreements.

When collective bargaining agreements with teachers unions are made, the rank and file of the teachers union get to vote to approve the deal. The public gets no say other than they get to elect the school board members.

School board members can accept donations from teachers unions for their election campaigns. There is nothing wrong with that other than the optics. The perception is that of bribery. A teacher's union donates to a school board member's campaign, and then, in return, they vote for teachers raises.

Parity laws would fix the timing of collective bargaining agreements for educators to every four years when there is a gubernatorial election and that all collective bargaining agreements undergo an automatic referendum (placed on the ballot for that school district) for the public to approve.

Changing who is Responsible for Education

Ohio laws make it the responsibility of the State of Ohio to ensure that Ohio children are educated. This release parents from all responsibility. We need to change Ohio law to put the onus of responsibility on the parent and the role of the State is merely to assist parents in educating their children. This allows public schools an easier time ejecting unruly students and forces parents to become active partners in the education process.

School Vouchers

The State of Ohio will quit funding schools and the State will fund students. Students will receive performance vouchers. The Ohio Board of Education will set minimal education standards that need to be met through mandatory testing that students will have to take for schools to receive funding.
>Students with an A average will reimburse their school to 100% of the voucher.
>Students with a B average will reimburse their school to 80% of the voucher.
>Students with a C average will reimburse their school to 70% of the voucher.
>Students with a D average will reimburse their school to 50% of the voucher.
>Students with an F will reimburse their school to 0% of the voucher.

Private schools, home schools, religious schools, and all public schools can compete for student performance vouchers.

Yes, that means parents that home-school their children can get performance vouchers.

Performance vouchers would not apply to students that are developmentally disabled.

Public school systems will not be required to take problematic students. The responsibility for education rests with the parent, not with the public school system. This change in dynamic makes it easier for public school systems to expel problematic students that harm other students' education.

We do not advocate for inclusivity for learning disabled students. We strongly support for special learning disabled programs and schools.

K-12 Education Funding Reform

We advocate for the elimination of income tax and property tax. So, where are the funds going to come from to pay for education?

We advocate for:
>The taxation of property and casualty insurance premiums to be devoted to education.
>The entrance fee from "Free-Market" casinos will benefit education.
>The sin tax on free-pornography will be devoted to education.
>Other sources of revenue will come from Ohio's general fund.

We advocate for the creation of Educational Port Authority Districts. These authorities can build community schools. All Educational Port Authorities would be constitutionally limited to imposing a maximum 1% payroll tax in a given district. These funds cannot be used to pay teachers and can only be used to pay for the construction and maintenance of buildings and assets used by the school.

Trade School and Apprenticeship Reform

Ohio should offer tax incentives to companies and individuals that establish non-profit trade schools and apprenticeship programs.

Reform the Ohio State Board of Education

We advocate for a board of education that has one representative from each county that is popularly elected. These positions would pay a minimal stipend. These 88 board representatives would represent all schools in their respective counties and homeschoolers. The board would be required to elect officers that would run the day-to-day operations of the Ohio State Board of Education.

The board may only meet in Columbus four times per year on a Saturday or Sunday. The board may meet electronically (Video Conferencing) as needed after 5 pm and before 10 pm on weekdays. These hours allow maximum participation by the working class.

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