Part of Kasich’s budget plan, was a slightly overlooked but puzzling provision that forced teachers into an “externship” with local business to renew their teaching license.
A new bill proposed by State Reps. Brigid Kelly and Kent Smith would turn the tables a bit —forcing Kasich to undertake an annual 40-hour on-site work experience in a school. It would be split into five, eight-hour days — each in a differently ranked public school. The governor would work with teachers, the lunch workers, and janitorial staff.
The act entitled, GET REALS Act would also require the governor to submit an annual report to legislators on, “How to Make all Ohio Schools A-Rated Institutions.”
“While the governor is focused on ensuring that Ohio students are prepared for the rapidly changing workforce of the digital economy, it’s more than disappointing that some look first to play partisan politics. The governor is grateful to business, education and legislative leaders that are part of his executive workforce board for making thoughtful recommendations for the state budget that create stronger connections between business and education such as asking business leaders to engage with teachers as part of their five-year license renewal process.” Emmalee Kalmbach, Governor Kasich’s Press Secretary said in a statement.