The Mitt Romney campaign announced the names of the national co-chairs of their Educators for Romney coalition and Ohio’s own Board of Education President, Debe Terhar, made the list.  Terhar, active in her local county’s Tea Party efforts, was elected as the Board President last year when Kasich appointees staged a takeover of the Board and handed her the reigns to the state’s education establishment.

Under Terhar’s watchful eye, former state superintendent Deb Delisle was ousted (and subsequently snatched up for a post at the U.S. Department of Education), after which Terhar decided an in-house search for a replacement superintendent was a responsible use of taxpayer resources.  After 3-4 month search, the Board, again led by Terhar’s backroom dealings, ended up hiring exactly ZERO of the candidates they had actually considered, and instead hired Stan Heffner after forcing a vote by the Board with approximately three minutes’ notice.

The day before Heffner was hired was when we submitted an ethics complaint that ultimately resulted (along with his leadership style that can only be described as “male chauvinist pig”) in his ouster.

So President Terhar’s questionable judgement is of no surprise, but we do think it’s important that Ohioans understand what her decision to openly advocate for Romney’s education platform means in real terms.

It means Debe Terhar supports Mitt Romney’s education plan that states:

These policies will equip state leaders to achieve the change that can only come from commitment and action at the local level.

Require states to adopt open-enrollment policies for students receiving Title I and IDEA funds, and to eliminate caps on charter and digital schools.

As a former governor, Mitt Romney knows that states and localities are best-positioned to reform their education systems and must take the lead in implementing these core principles free of federal micromanagement.

Equip state leaders to achieve change at the local level by mandating change at the state level through federal regulations that are free of federal micromanagement?  That type of double-speak is reminiscent of Ohio’s own Senate Bill 5 from last year and Kasich’s budget that both obfuscate issues of funding and control under the guise of empowering local governments.

It means Debe Terhar supports Mitt Romney’s education plan that states:

Replace federally-mandated school interventions with a requirement that states create straightforward public report cards that evaluate each school on its contribution to student learning.

Ohio has (had) report cards for a number of years, yet Terhar can’t even get this year’s cards released to the public due to the statewide attendance investigation.  The lead investigator, State Auditor Dave Yost, told the Board that releasing the data would not hamper his investigation, yet when the time for a Board vote came about, the measure failed miserably.  Furthermore, Terhar’s inability to accomplish this task has put the brakes on the latest move by the General Assembly to revise the format of the State Report Card to match the wording in Ohio’s federal waiver request crafted by….Stan Heffner.

It means Debe Terhar supports Mitt Romney’s education plan that states:

Eliminate unnecessary certification requirements that discourage new teachers.

Who wants their kids actually taught by someone with content knowledge gained through a high-quality college of education anyway?

It means Debe Terhar supports Mitt Romney’s education plan that states:

It is no wonder that America’s K-12 system is stagnant, when the very individuals [members of teachers unions] charged with ensuring children’s success are forced to fund efforts to stifle reform, while parents and children have no one to speak on their behalf. Real change will come only when the special interests take a back seat to the interests of students.
Across the nation, glimmers of success offer reason for hope. Charter school networks such as the KIPP Academies, Uncommon Schools, and Aspire Public Schools are producing remarkable results with students in some of our nation’s most disadvantaged communities. Florida Virtual School and other digital education providers are using technology in new ways to personalize instruction to meet students’ needs.

First of all, yes, those sentences are literally back-to-back in Romney’s plan.  Romney makes the claim the claim that teachers — real-live, working people — combine to form a mythical, disembodied entity that suddenly has no interest in the children that they take care of every day as if they were their own (of course in many cases they ARE the living, breathing, authentic children of public school teachers are typically found in public schools).  And then Romney follows up that statement by implying that while teachers don’t have the interests of students in mind, large corporations running privately-operated charter schools whose primary objective is to make a profit for the owners/investors are somehow squarely focused on the needs of individual students.

It’s all part of Romney’s plan to privatize the American education system with the backing of Romney for Education co-chair, Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar.