An Ohio-based newspaper focused on the state education board’s history and current make-up . Homeschooling and other private schooling, along with non-traditional public schools, came under the reporter’s scrutiny.
Ohio’s state school board shifts emphasis from traditional public schools to parent-driven choice
By Doug Livingston
It’s more difficult to quantify opinions of board members regarding the mission of education dollars, but it is clear that more than half the board represents a paradigm shift away from Ohio education as a system of traditional public school districts run by elected school boards.
The majority supports market-driven school choice, which in Ohio means transferring dollars from traditional public schools to charter and private schools. They want to hold traditional schools and teachers accountable for performance, but say parents have the right to choose charter or private schools that today are not held to the same academic and financial accountability.
Charter schools might have some quality issues, but they are public schools with public funding. Private schools have expectations that are a little more personal, as in big chunks from the family checkbook, along with strong parental oversight. If the state and local public school officials want to oversee private schools, it seems logical that taxpaying families using private schools would like some representation and say-so about the regulations and rules public schools try inserting into private schools, specifically homeschoolers.