A little known fact but our state legislature is attempting to "fast track" The Ohio Core Initiative -- HB 311 and HB 565 without any additional funding for shcools from the state level. Our local schools have enough difficulty with funding already -- is this something we can handle right now?
I am an advocate of academic rigor, but I oppose the proposed Core Curriculum because it is a huge unfunded mandate that does not provide
my district the tools and resources to make it a reality. If the Core Curriculum is now Ohio's top education priority, it needs to be funded like a priority. In fact, it would cost local districts upwards of $250,000 to fund this.
The Core proposal does not hold the legislature and Ohio's school funding system accountable for the unavoidable costs of mandates linked to the Ohio Core plan, including hiring new teachers in hard-to-staff subjects, student intervention, science labs, and facilities.
The Core Curriculum proposal is too important to be rushed. It is better to do it right than to force it into law before we know how much it will cost and what tools school districts will need.
I urge the legislature to call for a study that realistically determines how much this will cost my school district and where the money will come from. Implementing this plan by the class of 2012 is far too early without having this information.