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This morning, the Columbus Dispatch reported that a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Education has confirmed that Kasich’s plan to scrap Governor Strickland’s evidence-based model of school funding and school reforms very likely will jeopardize the State’s ability to keep the $400 million in federal “Race to the Top” education funding.
Justin Hamilton, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Education, said yesterday that Ohio could lose the money which it won in competition with other states if it fails to follow the proposal it offered.
"States won Race to the Top based on the plans they submitted," Hamilton said. "If any state significantly changes the plan, it will be putting all Race to the Top funding in jeopardy."
Faced with the prospect of Ohio losing another $400 million in federal funding for yet another politically-motivated decision by Governor-elect Kasich, Team Kasich suddenly tries to suddenly soften their opposition to it:
"We are confident that we will keep our Race to the Top funding because the grant program centers primarily on standards, evaluating teachers and data systems, concepts supported by John," said Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols.
Anyone believe this tripe?
And the Dispatch makes it perfectly clear that the U.S. Department of Transportation has told these new Midwestern anti-passenger rail Governors with no ambiguity: you can’t spend the passenger rail money on other projects.
Add to that Kasich’s promise for over $800 million in tax cuts, and Kasich has already added somewhere between $1.2 billion to $1.6 billion to the State’s deficit that he says he will not pay for with new taxes or federal stimulus money and it hasn’t even been a full week since the election! In other words, he’s going to require the State to bear the brunt of it all. And by “State” I mean, of course, the working and middle classes.
I didn’t think that it was possible for one to be incompetent as a “Governor-elect.” I mean, all you have to do is prepare your transition, plan your inaugural, ask your donors to pay for both, and countdown the days until you’re sworn in. A million times easier than actually being Governor. And yet, one week into it, and Kasich has created more turmoil and uncertainty in the State than anything else. And none of it helps brandish him as a “pro-jobs” Governor. Quite the contrary.
Which brings me to higher education…