IO Testimony: Education Policy Fellow Stephen Dyer on HB512
This morning, IO’s Education Policy Fellow, Stephen Dyer, will testify in a House committee about HB512, a sweeping proposal to reorganize the state agencies responsible for education and workforce development. The 2600+ page bill, which we wrote about earlier, would eliminate most of the oversight responsibility of the State Board of Education, a body made up of appointees and regional elected members. The measure would leave that body with few responsibilities other than teacher licensure, a move that seems coincidentally timed in the wake of its role in demanding accountability from ECOT, Ohio’s scandal-plagued online charter school (see our earlier post on that).
In Dyer’s words: “it’s hard to see how eliminating 80 percent of the department’s policymaking and accountability functions ensures Ohio’s children are better prepared for the 21st Century workforce.”