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Ohio Education Alert - HB 512 Bad for Ohio Education.




I've blogged before about my switch in political party affiliation when my children were very little. Over the past few years though, I have come to realize that I'm not married to any one particular political party, but to a set of ideals and values. I consider myself a Catholic Christian first, and a Constitutionalist after that. 

So with that in mind, I was shocked to discover Ohio House Bill 512, which was sponsored by State Representative Bill Reineke from Tiffin, OH and supported by Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Gov. Kasich. 

You can view the initial announcement here.  You can read the bill (all 2400 pages of it) here in PDF.

HSLDA provided this analysis (for those of us who don't have time to read all 2400  pages). 

Here are two excerpts:  


HB 512, a complicated 2400-page bill that would undermine the democratic process by stripping the elected school board of virtually all its powers, including oversight of home education regulations and remove the people's voice from one of the most important areas where government operates - education.  HB 512 would assign virtually all education-related activities to unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats. 



The impact on home education would be the centralization of all of our current rules in an unelected and unaccountable bureaucracy. This consolidation would take away virtually all our ability to influence government control over how homeschooling works. The fact that this bill is being fast-tracked is very concerning.  A change of this magnitude should be done in a thoughtful and deliberate way with input from all stakeholders. This does not appear to have happened. This is unacceptable and among the primary reasons we are opposing this legislation and are asking you to get involved now.


This is being fast-tracked through the legislature, which is concerning because of the magnitude of this bill and its implications.  

Both HSLDA, and CHEO are against this - and in Ohio, you can't get much more Republican than that! This truly is a bipartisan reaction against this bill. 




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