School Choice empowers parents to be able to make the best academic decisions for their children. Parents certainly know what is best for their children. Unfortunately, education is big business and some special interests are very much concerned about protecting their bottom line.
The Ohio Education Association endorsed Fitzgerald stating,
“As Governor, he would take the state in a new and more promising direction – away from the current trend to privatize public education – and toward more equitable and sustained state support of local public education.”
Basically, Ed Fitzgerald is not an advocate for School Choice. This is rather ironic for a man who sends his children to Catholic Schools. The hypocrisy here is thick. Candidate Fitzgerald likes to pretend that he is a champion of the middle and lower classes. Does he believe those families should be able to have the same opportunities as his own children?
What does Ed think about homeschooling? Would he support a bill like “Teddy’s Law” which was quickly defeated by home school parents who sprang into action as soon as they realized they would be subject to getting approval from social services to be permitted to educate their own children? From Maggie Thurber of Thurbers Thoughts:
The law would “require a public children services agency to recommend whether a child should be admitted to an Internet or computer-based community school or excused by a school district superintendent from attendance at school for home education.”
The Home School Legal Defense Association was more specific in their analysis:
“It requires all parents who home school to undergo a social services investigation which would ultimately determine if homeschooling would be permitted. Social workers would have to interview parents and children separately, conduct background checks and determine whether homeschooling is recommended or not. If it is not recommended, parents would have to submit to an ‘intervention’ before further consideration of their request to home school.”
Would he sign a bill like this that wouldn’t allow parents to make educational choices?
School Choice options need to continue to be expanded in Ohio, but there are special interests that don’t want this to happen. This is about control. Who is best qualified at making educational choices for your children? By making such a poor choice for his first running mate, Fitzgerald has proven to me that he is not qualified to make any decisions regarding our children’s education.