Pre K-12 & Higher Education
The quality of a child's education shouldn't depend on their zip code
I believe that every child has the right to an education, and that great learning shouldn't mean big cities, expensive private schools or affluent neighborhoods.
New formula for funding public schools
Growing up, I partook in every type of schooling that Ohio has to offer. I started here in central-Ohio with our public schools and eventually moved to a private charter school. My freshman year, I found myself in a situation where I needed to attend the now-defunct ECOT. Eventually, I attended and graduated from Sheridan High School in rural Perry County. Sheridan is the home to the landmark court case DeRolph v. State that ruled the current school funding formula relied too much on property taxes and was unconstitutional. Finally fixing this abomination is a cause very dear to my heart.
When I am your Senator, I will propose a new formula for the funding of our schools. A constitutional formula that provides an equal education for every student without being primaryly funded on property taxes. Each child, regardless of where they live, should be able to get the same great education all throughout our State.
Fully fund and implement universal Pre-K for all of Ohio's children
Research continues to show that investment in early education has huge payoffs later in life. Any new funding mechanism for Ohio's schools needs to include universal Pre-K for all children.
Prevent public funds from going towards private schools
I wholeheartedly believe in the right to choose where your child receives their education, whether that be at a public or private school. However, when a child leaves the public school system, the taxpayer funds allocated to them are given to the private school in a disporprotional way. While I firmly believe that parents and children should be able to choose a private school as an alternative, I do not think the public funds should follow.
Between our unconstitutional funding formula and private and charter schools, the public school system is hurting for funding. We need a new school funding formula that works for both public and private schools.
Refocus on skill and trade schools
Being a self-taught software developer and college drop-out, I know the importance of our skills and trade schools. A four-year university isn't the right path for everyone.
Right now, we're on the cusp of a skilled labor shortage. With a large portion of the current workforce set to retire in the next few years, we're going to begin to see voids in skilled laborers such as electricians, plumbers, and carpenters.
When you elect me to the Senate, I will work to make trade schools an essential part of Ohio's education policy — ensuring that these schools are a viable option for children planning their future.
Require internet and secuirty training
In our increasingly digital lives, students should be required to learn the basics of how the internet works and how to stay safe while using technology. They should be taught the importance of strong passwords and how to avoid scams and phishing attempts. A firm grasp on the fundamentals of programming and cybersecurity will help prepare our children for the future and workforce.
Work to bring down costs for attending colleges and universities
Since 1978, the cost of textbooks has risen 812%, outpacing even the cost of medical services and new housing. Nationally, students spend an average of $1,200 a year on textbooks. Within Ohio alone, 2-year and 4-year students spend over $382 million a year on textbooks.
Real solutions for Ohio
We need new leadership with the ideas and solutions to solve the problems we're facing today. We need policies that focus on people and not campaign donors or special interests.
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Healthcare & Perscription Drugs
Affordable healthcare and prescription drugs are a right, not a privilege. Ohioans must pay hundreds of dollars a month for life-saving drugs like Insulin and EpiPen's even with health insurance coverage.Learn more