News and Notes September 19, 2013
Note: This editorial lays out a few very tangible steps that Ohio can take to improve our public schools that serve many students who are in poverty. These are just a few steps that Ohio could invest in that will likely create great public schools that lead to stronger communities.
Provide Quality pre-school for all
Make home visits to at-risk new parents
Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Track Progress as Closely as Performance
Create a Pipeline of Future Principals.
What investments do you think will best serve low-income students?
Note: Ohio has 384 bridges that are “fracture critical” AND “Structurally Deficient.” Michigan only has 28 bridges in both categories. Of those bridges, only 14 are maintained by ODOT, and the rest are maintained by our counties. Counties need an additional $700 million to take care of the backlog in maintenance, but the state of Ohio has continued to cut resources for local government.
Note: Elimination of polling locations and consolidations will cut thousands of dollars from local budgets. Will cutting resources to county board of elections cut the access to the ballot?
Note: Ohio needs to invest in programs and services that provide opportunities for individuals in poverty to climb out and into the middle class.