Ohio business leaders urge education reform

A group of major Ohio business leaders is urging Gov. John Kasich to push hard on educational changes.
Associated Press
Jan 28, 2013


The Ohio Business Roundtable wrote to Kasich as he prepares to unveil plans for school funding and a state budget blueprint. The group includes executives of some 80 companies, including the Procter & Gamble Co., J.M. Smucker Co., and Bob Evans Farms, and other large employers.

The group says Ohio is making progress, but that there are many good jobs that go unfilled because young people lack basic education qualifications. They praise Kasich initiatives such as the third-grade reading guarantee, and encourage him to keep his foot "on the gas pedal."

Educators are anxiously awaiting Kasich's plans, especially on funding. Many schools have had budget struggles in recent years.



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I presume that each company here is literally and metaphorically invested in schools and education beyond just a letter of support. There is a lot of interaction let alone money left off the table between businesses and schools. Aside from just donations (for instance every time I go to Wal*Mart I look at their giving board) actual training and skills can be sponsored to accomplish what money can't. There are good organizations like Junior Achievement, too, that many schools can associate with to help the next generation and act as a literal bridge between the private and public worlds.

Like the big fish, this minnow is anxious and hopeful to see what the proposals are.


Like most Republican politicians, Mr. Kasich's "idea" of educational reform was to cut funding. With that sort of short-sighted thinking, in which nothing matters except balancing the budget, should we really be surprised that we can't find qualified candidates for jobs requiring advanced training?
Inviting him to a discussion on fixing Education makes as much sense as inviting tobacco lobbyists to a discussion on preventing lung cancer.


I don't believe this issue of unqualified candidates in Ohio started with the Kasich administration. We have not seen a plummet in the qualifications of graduates since he took office. Its been an ongoing problem. While I agree with your frustration over funding, that is a separate issue.


Advance training is something that is taught at the college level. There has been more than ample spending at that level. Take a drive to Ohio State and look at all the expansion going on. The problem is that most college graduates in Ohio move to other states because the vast majority of jobs here are still geared towards unskilled labor.


Corporate welfare recipients backing Daddy Warbucks, eh? Who'd a thunk it?

What is their point? They can't attract anyone who can read? Beyond that I pray for illumination. If they want schools to focus on technology where exactly do they want it steered? Each company has their own system, so let's get that kindergarten kid committed to Bob Evans ASAP, right? At the pace that technology changes how can anyone anticipate where it will head next?

How many non-union jobs has this guy generated?


Sad. Years ago an organization I was with was making profit. They wanted more. They quit us. (Mexico) These buSINesses could step up to the plate & get agressive on Veteran hiring, along with progressive wage & benifit packages for employees. Did'nt Smuckers downsize before Kasick too?


The Education Industrial Complex is more about administrators and teachers wages and benefits than educating students.

Look no futher than IL to see the fiscal cow pie that the greedy Democrat politicians and their public employee masters have created.


Way past time for a change in OH and elsewhere.

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Ironically I wanted to be an Industrial arts teacher after high school. I found the system failing and these programs began to shut down, the equipment was auctioned off and the space either used for study or sports. I saw this at a high school level as well as at the college level. When I was in school we did things like casting aluminum, making patterns, operating milling machines and lathes, as well as all associated metal and wood working equipment. We injection molded plastics, and ran tests on out products. We had basic electricity classes, motor winding, magnatisim and simple theory with hands on experience. My best thought is that the legal liability world took over and nobody wanted to be sued for anything so they all bailed out at the expense of a few generations of our youth. Now what? New young kids will not have parents experienced in these things, everything went computer. I am sorry; computers are great I use Solid Works but hands on experience is no replacement for a computer, you can use a computer to make life simpler but you need the common sense of hands on experience to apply them.

Machinists are becoming harder to find these days, maybe the state should open some serious manufacturing education schools, yes we have Ehove but when I was in school if you went to Ehove you were not getting the credits to attend college, there was a stigma on manufacturing hands on education.

Just my 2cents!

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That's because all the good paying trades jobs were outsourced. Why learn a trade when you might make a buck an hour more than someone who didn't sacrifice.


We were working with a new programming software & automated a spatula Brutus. You have any other skills? Your job is next!