Boy, John Kasich sure can talk about education well without saying anything substantively, can’t he?  Noticed he didn’t really ever say what his plan for education was… (and for good reason!)

Here’s what John Kasich says on his campaign website about education:

John Kasich and Mary Taylor believe that we need to improve education in Ohio and that we must:

  • Set higher standards.
  • Fund students, not just buildings.
  • Reduce spending so we can start reducing taxes.
  • Use more technology in the classroom to leverage students’ greater use of computers at home.
  • Reward excellent teachers and hold all teachers accountable.
  • Ensure that all families have education choices.

Anyone notice that third bullet point?

Reduce spending so we can start reducing taxes.”

Do you think anyone watching Kasich’s ad realize that they’re watching an ad of a candidate PROMISING TO CUT EDUCATION SPENDING TO PAY FOR HIS TAX CUTS?  John Kasich has said repeatedly that the there are no “sacred cows” in the State’s spending more sacred than his desire to repeal Ohio’s income and estate taxes.  There’s no reason to believe that education, a major component of the State’s spending, would be spared for Kasich’s chopping block.  (After all, Kasich proposed in Congress abolishing the entire U.S. Department of Education as a means to balance the federal deficit.)


Kasich’s plan is no different—at all—to Ken Blackwell’s 2006 education platform.  Remember Blackwell’s 65% Solution—and how it was slammed by conservative education reformers like Bush Education Secretary Rod Paige?

John Kasich is talking about the same thing!  And what would a GOP candidate for Governor be without dog whistling for more private school vouchers and diverting more money away from public schools into the private, for-profit charter school system?

After all, one of Kasich/Taylor’s largest donors are executives of White Hat Managament—one of Ohio’s largest for-profit charter school corporations.  But even State Auditor Mary Taylor has admitted that White Hat has engaged in “abusive” business practices while taking tax payer dollars (like double paying board members for meetings, etc.

Again, this is no different than what Ken Blackwell proposed in 2006.  Blackwell proposed that instead of funding public schools directly, every student got a tax payer voucher to use at the school of their choice.  If the “public” schools couldn’t attract enough students to stay open or provide a decent education… oh well!  Does Kasich take it that far?   He isn’t saying.

The parts that aren’t insane about Kasich’s education plan… have already been achieved under Governor Strickland.  Under the education reform enacted by Governor Strickland, we have merit-based teacher advancement now.  We have more money going to put technology in the classroom and more funding for students, not buildings.

Kasich is the only guy to be bold enough to run this kind of misleading ad on education when his own campaign platform demonstrates an entirely different kind of commitment (or lack thereof) to public education.

Will anyone in the media note the disconnect between Kasich’s fuzzy ad and his fuzzier policies on his campaign website?

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  • Dennis Spisak

    Both Kasich and Strickland will take an axe and cut funding for public education for K-12.

    Neither one will raise revenues to stops cuts to education.

    I will.

    Dennis Spisak-Green Party Nominee for Ohio Governor

  • Anastasjoy

    Well, if we “cut spending,” how do we pay for all that technology and all those vouchers so kids can go to the White Hat schools and make David Brennan richer at the taxpayers’ expense? And “cutting spending” will not reduce most of our taxes, because they are local property taxes which are crushing and will only become more so if Kasich cuts state spending on education. And I won’t be getting ANY tax relief because I’m not in a high enough bracket.

  • I’m sorry Dennis, but again your comments are seriously misinformed.

    If you spend two seconds researching your statements before you make them you would quickly discover that Ted Strickland has gone above and beyond to protect education funding in Ohio…

    This May, the Ohio Education Association gave Governor Strickland its Friend of Education Award. Said OEA President Patricia Frost-Brooks, “When the economic crisis crippled Ohio, Governor Strickland faced down a budget crisis and partisan opposition to fund and transform Ohio schools – including universal all-day Kindergarten and smaller K-3 class sizes. . . He led a multi-state coalition that secured an unprecedented $100 billion in emergency federal education aid nationwide, preserving 11,000 educator jobs here in Ohio.”

  • Dennis Spisak

    In terms of state funding, our district lost $700,000 last year and we are being told from the state to brace for a 10% cut in the next budget.

    Ted Strickland does not protect my school budget……

    Sorry, Joseph, you’re wrong….

  • Mannello

    I think Kasich is right, what has the US Dept of Education actually done since it was created in the 60’s.

  • Todd A. Wasmund

    First off what he is saying is we need to cut bureaucracy in school. We could start with the Union. Did you know that most counties have consultants (what they do for teachers I have no idea) that make over $100 grand you tell me why we pay people we never see this kind of money it’s a waste. If the bureaucracy wants to know whats wrong with our school they should come to our schools and ask the teachers, they will tell you.

  • PLScholl2

    Your third bullet is a little misleading. It’s on the website, but not under education. Now, don’t get me wrong, they do contradict each other, but don’t misquote or misrepresent to make your point or your credibility falters.

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  • Anonymous

    Did you not see the screen grab? It was under his section for education. Look at the image in the post.

    That was a screenshot I took from the Kasich campaign website. Maybe they changed it after the post. I dunno.

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