COLUMBUS—State Senator Bill Reineke
(R-Tiffin) yesterday provided testimony for Senate Bill 178, which restructures the Department of Education to create a state cabinet-level agency called the Department of Education and Workforce (DEW) that will focus on primary and secondary education and prepare students for the workforce.
The bill takes the first step toward a much-needed modern overhaul of the Ohio Department of Education, including its mission and accountability.
"We must ensure schools have the support they need from the state and students can access the academic and workforce skills they need to be well-educated, career-ready adults," Reineke said. "Senate Bill 178 addresses this need by refocusing our system at the state level on what matters most: our children and their future."
According to the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Ohio’s postsecondary attainment is not keeping up with the needs of businesses in our state, which has led us to a massive talent gap. Between 2018 and 2028, 75% of Ohio’s job growth will be in occupations requiring at least a postsecondary non-degree credential, and over 50% will require a bachelor’s degree or higher.
"Ohio's remediation rate of 19.3% means that many of our next generation of Ohioans are not prepared for post-secondary instruction or life outside the classroom," Reineke said. "There is a need for systemic change at the state level to our education system to ensure accountability to taxpayers and our kids."
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