Fedor Calls for End of Academic Distress Commissions and Focus on Underprivileged Students in Budget Report
Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), Ranking Member on the Senate Finance Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, released the minority report on the subcommittee’s work during state budget deliberations. In her report, Senator Fedor called for the end of academic distress commissions and focusing on barriers to learning for disadvantaged students.
“It’s not up for debate. Without the buy-in from teachers and community members, local school districts will not improve,” Senator Fedor said of academic distress commissions. “The plans outlined in House Bill 154 addressing accountability, district leadership and community feedback should be added to the state budget.”
Fedor’s report also supported the Student Wellness and Success funds for primary and secondary schools, which could help school districts better address the physical and mental health barriers to learning while providing a child with additional wraparound services as needed.
“We know that teachers are sometimes the only adult that can be present enough to identify a child’s needs,” said Senator Fedor. “Providing our educators the training and resources to grow as professionals and creating direct lines to services increases opportunities for Ohio’s children to succeed.”
The report also addresses barriers to educating economically disadvantaged students, early learning, school funding, adult education programs, standardized testing and childcare investments.
“The Governor has promised to increase eligibility for publicly-funded childcare spots. I hope the final version of the budget includes additional investments to make this happen,” said Senator Fedor. “We must prioritize education over tax cuts. If parents can’t go to work, or afford childcare, we will never stop the generational cycle of poverty.”
Despite the fact that the state is still recovering from the devastating effects of the ECOT scandal, the House version of the budget removed charter school accountability measures proposed by Governor DeWine.
“We expect a lot from Ohio’s students. We should expect even more from the adults we are trusting with their futures, no matter the institution,” said Senator Fedor. “Lowering the safeguards we have in place to prevent abuse and fraud is bad policy.”
The full report can be found here