The phrase, “If it’s good for the goose, it’s good for the gander,” became a bromide re-popularized in 2012 by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Two Ohio Democratic House Members think Romney has a point.
A new bill is aimed directly at Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who the authors of the bill think should better understand what public school teachers do each school day after Kasich proposed business internships for educators as a requirement for obtaining or renewing their teacher’s licenses.
Mr. Kasich loves to take on public sector schools and teachers, even though he spends lots of time and taxpayer dollars running for president or making proclamations on foreign policy or lobbying the White House to mirror failed programs he’s fathered back home.
State Reps. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) announced new legislation Tuesday to require Mr. Kasich to complete an annual 40-hour externship in a public elementary or secondary school ranked A-F.
The Governor’s Externship for Training of Realistic Expectations of Academic Leadership in Schools (GET REALS) is timely, now that Mr. Kasich has proposed, in his last executive budget bill, that teachers should shadow businesspeople as a condition of maintaining their professional education licensure.
“If Gov. Kasich is serious about strengthening our schools and preparing our students to succeed, his public policies should be informed by real world, on-the-ground experience that, quite frankly, he lacks,” Rep. Smith said in prepared remarks.
Notwithstanding the bill has zero chance of reaching making it out of committee, let alone to the governor’s desk, it makes a political point worth considering, given the governor’s anti-public school mindset. Kelly and Smith want Ohio’s lame-duck governor to spend 40-hours per year on-site in a differently ranked public schools, where he would work alongside teachers, food-service staff or custodial staff.
“No one understands the challenges and opportunities our children experience in the classroom better than educators, and this bill would extend that same necessary insight to the governor and his policy proposals,” Kelly said in a media release.
For public schools and public school teachers Gov. Kasich has gone after – while he allows tens of billions to be spent on failing for-profit charter schools who largely have been exempted from state laws public schools have to abide by – it would be a dream come true.
Following his remedial learning in Ohio’s public schools, the bill calls on the governor to write a report: “How to Make all Ohio Schools A-Rated Institutions.”