On April 9, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE) Action Alert provided a comprehensive rationale for opposing House Bill 512. The Action Alert includes some points of opposition that have not been highlighted up to now.
The Action Alert stated:
“The bill substantially reduces the responsibilities of the State Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction; eliminates the Ohio Board of Regents and the Chancellor of Higher Education; and allows the governor to appoint a director for the new Department of Learning and Achievement, giving the governor complete control over the development and implementation of prek-16 education policy.”
OAAE then urged their members to contact the members of the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee, chaired by Representative Louis Blessing III to opposed House Bill 512. They provided a script to their members.
Some exert included members saying:
“I oppose HB512 because I believe the bill would diminish the public’s ability to participate in preK-12 education policy development, decision making, and rulemaking by consolidating education departments and eliminating the State Board of Education’s policy-making authority.”
They also encouraged members to cite the National Association of State Boards of Education, and say “State boards of education serve as “unbiased brokers” for education decision making; advocate for quality education programs and student access to educational opportunities; and act as a liaison between educators, schools, elected officials, business and civic groups to build consensus among education stakeholders. In its role as a consensus builder, a non-partisan state board of education ensures that the public voice is represented in decisions about public education.”