Over the last 30 years, median wages have fallen in Ohio as growth in our education levels has not kept up with other states. This paper finds a clear and strong correlation between the educational attainment of a state’s workforce and median wages in the state, providing more evidence that Ohio should invest in education.
Analysis shows no relationship between tax rates and strong state economyThe report has some key findings
States that invest in a well-educated workforce will see returns in higher-wage jobs and a more productive economy, according to a paper released today by the Economic Analysis and Research Network. The report, “Education Investment is Key to State Prosperity,” found a strong link between educational attainment in a state and both productivity and median wages. Expanding access to high-quality education will create more economic opportunity for residents and do more to strengthen a state’s economy than anything else a state can do, study authors found. “States have fewer tools to build a strong economy than the federal government does, but states do play a major role in education – one area that turns out to be crucial for building a high-wage economy,” said Noah Berger, report co-author and president of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. At the same time, the paper found no clear relationship between a state’s tax rates and its wages. Ohio has cut taxes repeatedly over the past dozen years with little positive effect on the economy, but continues to underfund education. “This study provides more evidence that Ohio should invest in education,” said Amy Hanauer, executive director of Policy Matters Ohio, EARN’s Ohio partner. “Over the last 30 years, median wages have fallen here as growth in our education levels has not kept up with other states.”
Ohio has lost government jobs at a steeper rate than most of the United States since January 2009, and the cratering public sector is having a negative impact on the state’s overall economic recovery. During the past 4 1/2 years, a period that includes the end of a national recession, Ohio has shed 47,900 federal, state and local government jobs for a 6 percent drop, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only California, New York and Florida have lost more government jobs, and Ohio’s drop percentage is more than triple the national median rate. Most of Ohio’s public-sector pain has been felt at the local level — think police forces, firehouses, road crews and schools — where 45,100 jobs have been lost, an 8 percent decline. Ohio has added 10,100 net jobs in that time, counting all nonfarming employment.We clearly need a new direction, one that prioritizes what works over what doesn't. One that fully funds an education for all of Ohio's students, so we can secure our future.
The new two-year budget also raised the level of funding for Ohio’s existing charter schools by $30 million, from $824 million in 2012-2013 to $854 million in 2013-2014.A billion dollar boondoggle.
When all these effects are combined — more base funding, lifting the eSchool moratorium and 49 new brick and mortar charter schools, the amount of funding deducted for charter schools in Ohio could increase by as much as $124 million this year, bringing the total that is redirected from traditional public schools to $948 million. (“as much as” because this analysis assumes that new eSchools and charters are pulling kids from traditional public districts and not other charters)
Year Charter Deducation 2012-13 $824,421,026 HB 59 forecast $854,482,608 New eSchools $10,683,200 New Charters $82,909,478 2013-14 total (proj.) $948,075,286
It's quite obvious then, why we've seen so many corporate education reform policies pushed in Ohio.
House of RepresentativesRep. John P. Adams (R-78), State Chairman and Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Member
Rep. Ron Amstutz (R-3), Communications and Technology Task Force Alternate
Rep. Marlene Anielski (R-17), ALEC Education Task Force Member
Speaker William G. Batchelder (R-69), ALEC member
Rep. Peter A. Beck (R-67), ALEC Communications and Technology Task Force Member
Rep. Terry R. Boose (R-58), ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Member
Rep. George J. Buchy (R-77)
Rep. James Butler (R-37), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member and Communications and Technology Task Force Alternate
Rep. Timothy Derickson (R-53)
Rep. Anne Gonzales (R-19), ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Member
Rep. Cheryl L. Grossman (R-23), ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Alternate
Rep. Brian Hill (R-94), ALEC Member
Rep. Matt Huffman (R-4), ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Member
Rep. Ronald Maag (R-35), ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Member
Rep. Kristina D. Roegner (R-42), ALEC Education Task Force Member
Rep. Cliff Rosenberger (R-86), ALEC Communications and Technology Task Force Member
Rep. Barbara Sears (R-46), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member
Rep. Gerald L. Stebelton (R-5), ALEC Education Task Force Member
Rep. Michael Stinziano (D-25), ALEC Communications and Technology Task Force Member
Rep. Louis Terhar (R-30), ALEC Member
Rep. Andrew M. Thompson (R-93), ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Member
Rep. Lynn Wachtmann (R-75), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member
Rep. Ron Young (R-63), ALEC Member
SenateSen. David Burke (R-26), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member
Sen. William P. Coley, II (R-4), ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Member
Sen. John Eklund (R-18)
Sen. Randy Gardner (R-6)
Sen. Kris Jordan (R-19), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member
Sen. Frank LaRose (R-27), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force Member
Sen. Bob Peterson (R-17), ALEC Member
Sen. William “Bill” Seitz (R-8), ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Co-Chair, spoke on “Saving Dollars and Protecting Communities: State Successes in Corrections Policy” at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting
Sen. Joseph W. Uecker (R-14), ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Member
Former RepresentativesRep. Louis Blessing (R-29)(replaced by his son, Louis W. Blessing, III, representative-elect)
Rep. Danny Bubp (R-88)
Rep. John A. Carey, Jr. (R-87), ALEC Education Task Force Alternate
Speaker Jo Ann Davidson
Rep. Dale Van Dyke
Rep. Bruce Goodwin (R-74), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member
Rep. Casey Kozlowski (R-99), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force Member
Rep. Jarrod B. Martin (R-70), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force Member
Former Rep. Robert Mecklenborg (R-30), ALEC Member
Rep. Craig Newbold (R-1), ALEC Member
Rep. Pat Tiberi
Rep. Todd Snitchler (Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as of 2011)
Rep. Ronald Suster (D) currently Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge.
Rep. Tim Greenwood (R) currently outside counsel OH AG.
Former SenatorsSen. Robert. C. Cupp (R) currently sits on OH Supreme Court.
Sen. Grace L. Drake(R)
Sen. Michael A. Fox. (R) was director Butler County Children’s services, currently serving prison term for corruption.
Sen. Tom Niehaus (R-14), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member
Sen. Lynn Wachtmann
American policy makers are forging ahead with education initiatives, but they may be leaving Americans behind and out of the loop.
Since 1969 Gallup and Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK), a global association of education professionals, has conducted the annual Poll of the Public’s Attitude Toward the Public Schools. This years poll continues to show the public is rejecting the corproate education reform agendaThe poll notes that
Results of the poll come in a time of unsettledness in the American education franchise. Recent major reform efforts — No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and the Common Core State Standards — face uncertain futures even as the poll lays bare a significant rift between policy makers and ordinary citizens and parents. For example:
• Fewer than 25% of Americans believe increased testing has helped the performance of local public schools.
• A majority of Americans reject using student scores from standardized tests to evaluate teachers.
Q: Some states require that teacher evaluations include how well a teacher’s students perform on standardized tests. Do you favor or oppose this requirement?
The poll also finds that