COLUMBUS- Ohio House Democratic Leader Armond Budish (D- Beachwood) released the following statement concerning the passage of House Bill 555.
"I appreciate and support the goal of raising school standards. But changing the standards mid-term, and then penalizing schools and kids for failing to meet the new standards, is dangerous and unfair.
In addition, the creation of multiple new mandates, after slashing school funding, and without giving school districts the tools needed to improve education, is counterproductive and sets our children up for failure.
Finally, this complex bill should not be rushed through a lame duck session just a couple of months before introduction of the next budget.
The Governor has promised to present a new school funding formula, in the budget, and it makes no sense to create new mandates apart from consideration of comprehensive school funding."