Bill would nix Strickland education plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Legislation is in the works to overturn many aspects of formerOhio Gov. Ted Strickland's plan for public education, including amandate that districts offer all-day kindergarten for free.

The bill's sponsor is Republican state Rep. Randy Gardner ofBowling Green. He tells The Columbus Dispatch he wants the proposalto send a message that "relief and cost savings" are on the way forschools.

The newspaper reports the bill would do away with the all-daykindergarten mandate, as well as plans for smaller class sizes andrequirements that schools create family and civic engagementcouncils and issue reports showing how tax dollars are spent.

Gardner says he's not opposed to all-day kindergarten,smaller class sizes or other initiatives but that government shouldnot make such requirements without providing funding.


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