The Constitution of the State of Ohio states “it shall be the duty of the General Assembly to pass suitable laws… to encourage schools and the means of instruction.”
If our state is responsible for passing suitable laws to encourage schools and the means of instruction, then one of our top priorities should be to resolve the school funding problem that was created when the existing formula was declared unconstitutional in 1997. It is difficult to understand how that has not been resolved, yet our schools are being burdened with additional unfunded mandates. If elected to serve as State Representative, I am committed to making school funding a top priority.
I believe in school choice; that is, the choice of parents to send children to a public or private school, or to home school if they so desire. My wife and I chose to send our children to public school. I believe that our institutions of primary and secondary instruction become better when there are alternatives available for children and their families. For those families that either cannot or choose not to enroll students in a private school, a quality public education should be made available to them. I intend to be an advocate for quality public schools.