Ohio Education Association endorsed gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray released his education plan last week, and he has bold plans to fix the “corrupt” charter school system in Ohio and re-invest in the state’s public schools and educators.
A former Ohio Attorney General, fixing the charter school system is a major plank of Cordray’s campaign. “We have been failed dismally over the past eight years by a lack of accountability over failing charter schools in Ohio,” he said. “For profit charter schools were responsible for one of the worst scandals in our state’s history.”
Cordray has pledged to ban any for-profit companies from operating schools in Ohio. He also proposes to put in place accountability measures for online charter schools that would require operators to demonstrate a record of academic success before being allowed to contract in Ohio, and would hold charter schools to the same standards and accountability measures as public schools in the state.
Investments in public schools and educators are also at the top of Cordray’s mind. Some of the highlights from his education plan include:
- Funding for schools to rehire education support professionals who lost jobs due to budget cuts
- Reducing standardized testing to the federal minimum
- Providing wraparound services including mental health and dental services for students
- Retaining and attracting educators by providing student loan repayment and other financial incentives