I’m starting to get to used to the fact that we are going to have a terrible, vindictive and nasty Governor running our state into the ground for the next few years. Kasich is turning out to be a selfish, egotistical, SOB of a leader who will plow through everyone and everything to achieve his own idealogical agenda despite the fact that it’s going to be bad for the state, bad for our citizens, bad for our children, often immoral and, in many cases, probably illegal.

I’m starting to get used to Kasich and his lying and threats – but every day I hear something new about State Senator Bill Seitz that surprises me.

I have rarely agreed with Seitz on anything, but during the SB5 hearings his intelligent, moving and passionate speech made him look like a sort of hero for the working class – which shocked the crap out of everyone, especially us folks who actually do work for a living.

As we’ve mentioned a few times, Seitz paid the price for his disloyalty to Kasich and the GOP leadership in the legislature. But it doesn’t seem to have made him change his mind.

Columbus Educator, and friend of the blog, Daria DeNoia recently sent me a letter she received from Senator Bill Seitz in response to her concerns that teacher performance/merit pay language, which originally appears in SB5, had been added to the budget bill that recently passed the house. While reading the letter I was again (pleasantly) surprised.

Please don’t misunderstand: I am certainly not endorsing Seitz here. But I do think he guy deserves some credit for being one of the lone voices of reason among Ohio Republicans who all seem to be either drunk with power after their sweeping wins in the last election or deathly afraid of disappointing John Kasich and having to face his wrath.

Here’s the letter Daria received from Seitz:

Dear Ms. DeNoia:

Thank you for your email in opposition to including SB 5 provisions in the budget bill. While I doubt that I will be able to exert much influence on the budget bill, given my marginalization by the Senate “leadership” over my vote on SB 5, I will do what I can. The provisions to which you object are very troublesome to me as well.

I have already opined that no part of SB 5 belongs in the budget bill, and I believe most of what you object to could have easily been resolved by revising SB 5 to say that the criteria by which “merit pay” would be judged would be collectively bargained between the teachers and the administration. That way, there would be agreement on the criteria but management would determine how each teacher measured up. As you know, HB 153 just passed the House last week so we are just now beginning to examine its 4,000 pages of law and policy.

I recognize the dire fiscal situation in which the State finds itself, but the Governor’s proposal to incorporate SB 5 provisions in the budget bill goes too far. Hopefully, my colleagues will find the will to make changes to these proposals, and I will be joining you in urging them to do so.

Sincerely,

William J. Seitz

As far as possible responses go, this one gets at least a B+… maybe even an A-. I especially like the the way he puts leadership in quotes and, even though I don’t necessarily agree with him on the merit pay provisions, his solution (collectively bargaining for merit pay criteria) is certainly much more reasonable and well thought out than Kasich’s non-existent solution.

Again, this isn’t an endorsement of Seitz or his policies but I do think his response provides some hope that all of Ohio’s Republicans haven’t completely sold out to Kasich and his cronies, and that certainly seems worth recognizing.

We’ll still have to see what kind of impact Senator Seitz can have on the budget once it hits the Senate, but I for one am hoping the good Senator can talk/knock some sense into his colleagues.

We’ll be watching, Bill. We’ll all be watching.

 

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