This article from the Akron Beacon Journal offers some details on those 38 now-vetoed items.
This article from the Cincinnati Enquirer includes the histrionic quote from Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted regarding Strickland’s veto of special education vouchers:
“The governor’s veto has made this a sad day for special needs children in Ohio. It strips hope away from parents seeking a better education for their children,” House Speaker Jon Husted, a suburban Dayton Republican, said. “I want these families to know that this is not the end of the road and that I will continue to fight to change the Governor’s mind and the law.”
Sounds as though the Speaker’s forgotten something: There’s a federal law that Ohio can make sure gets enforced in each and every one of its public school districts. I don’t even have such a law to look to for the education of my kids who are also in the exceptional education range, just not in special ed.
Speaker Husted, why not
1) promise the parents you’re saying have been stripped of hope that you will see that the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children asserts what’s legally required to happen in every school district, re: enforcement of the IDEA?
2) make sure that the state uses the funds that are already available for special ed to, you know – educate the kids its intended to benefit?
3) say that you’ll work harder to make that money work better where it is now?
Are those awful things to tell you to get the state to do? Are these things that can’t be done?
No and no.
They’re just not what you want to use the special education population for. You want to use them as a sympathetic, already identifiably labeled group that you believe can help you expand the use of vouchers and school choice.
Sounds about right to me.
Now how about making some promises about getting the current federally and state enforceable system for special education…enforced?
[And P.S. – the federal government’s matching money for abstinence-only sex education probably won’t be in its budget so not having it in Ohio’s makes sense.]