The Governor, during a January 12 speech to the Columbus Partnership, announced a provision in the state budget proposal to add three non-voting, non-elected business persons to each board of education. Why three? Why any?

This solution-looking-for-a-problem approach is yet another signal that some politicians don’t trust citizens to elect the “right” individuals to manage educational programming in school districts. Appointed state board of education members and the “Youngstown” Plan (amendment to HB 70 of the 131st General Assembly) are other examples of lack of confidence in citizens. Of course, the citizens that elect the board members also elect governors and legislators.

This proposal is also extraneous and redundant.

Section 3313.82 of the Ohio Revised Code requires each school district board of education to appoint a business advisory council. This requirement was enacted in the late 1980s via SB 140. Amendments to the original enactment were adopted in 1995, 2009 and 2013. These councils currently provide boards of education the business perspective on education.

This bureaucratic folly does not warrant serious consideration.



William L. Phillis, Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding