2012 saw many education reforms in Ohio. . Students got new tests and requirements. Teachers got a new evaluation systems. Charter schools and universities saw changes as well. But as StateImpact Ohio’s Ida Lieszkovszky reports, the New Year will bring plenty of changes to the way the state’s schools are run.
Ohio runs on a two-year budget, but that doesn’t mean off years are slow. Governor Kasich crammed in several education initiatives into his mid-cycle budget. Several other education bills passed the legislature. Among the new programs is the third grade-reading guarantee.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he wants to give teachers the tools they need to prevent or deal with school shootings.
"The truth is that while we train first responders, the real first responders in these tragedies are teachers. They are the ones who are there," says DeWine. "They are the ones who make the life and death decisions. They are the ones who are going to do what they can do to save lives. By the time the first responders get there, we may have a number of children killed."
The state is expanding safety training for Ohio educators to reflect the reality that those inside a school are the first to face danger.
Attorney General Mike DeWine said this morning that nothing short of barricading every school in the country can stop something from happening, but officials have a moral obligation to take steps that will increase the odds of children surviving.
DeWine says the state police training academy will train educators across the state in how to deal with an active shooter.
There was quite a meeting of the minds in Gov. John Kasich’s office, as the presidents of many of Ohio’s public universities and community colleges gathered to put forward their ideas on improving Ohio’s public education system. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports on their reform plan.