Updated Sat, Jun 16, 2012 11:30 am
The contest for state senator in Ohio's 30th District is now joined.
“I’m sitting here with Governor Strickland, and I’m thinking back to traveling with him across the state and his plans for education, the evidence-based model, so much work and effort went into what was done. Unfortunately, a lot of that was undone," said Gentile. "Governor Kasich came to the city of Steubenville, my hometown, to talk about his plans for the state. He gave his State of the State address, and really I anticipated in that speech that we would hear what his plans for comprehensive education reform were. We didn’t. We haven’t seen in this new process, this so-called Corrections Bill that just came out. There’s no funding for local governments, no funding for education, no comprehensive education plan.”
"In terms of education, in as far as policy and what we want our education system to do, sure, I think there are things that we can do to make our children more competitive in the 21st century, you know, more of a focus on mathematics and science," said Thompson. "But these are things I think the teachers would agree we need a constructive dialogue on laying out the path of what we want our schools to do, what we want to teach our children in order to prepare them to be competitive. So once that path is defined, then I think the next part is to going to be economics of how do you do that. And then certainly, I think at that point, the government does come into play a little bit."