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COLUMBUS (AP) Ohio canada goose outlet Gov. John Kasich has long pushed to take over Ohio education department, whose structure he sees as a hindrance to unified school policy.

A bill moving swiftly through the state Legislature includes that takeover and more. The legislation would merge three state entities and place the new combined agency under the governor watch.

Critics of the proposal, who have been packing hearing rooms, argue the bill creates a cumbersome bureaucracy that would be less accountable to school administrators, teachers, canada goose outlet toronto factory parents and other members of the public.

Here a closer look at the proposal, which gets its next hearing Wednesday:

Q: Which three agencies would be merged?

A: The Ohio Department canada goose of Education, which oversees K 12 schools; the Ohio Department of Higher Education, which oversees public colleges and universities; and the Governor Office of Workforce Transformation, would be combined into a new Ohio Department of Learning and Achievement.

Q: Who would lead the new agency?

A: The bill creates a new director of learning achievement appointed by the governor to oversee both K 12 and higher education functions. It eliminates Ohio chancellor of higher education and abolishes the Ohio Board of Regents, a once powerful advisory board which Kasich canada goose outlet store uk has already gutted by failing to fill openings canada goose outlet new york city as they arisen. The legislation retains the state superintendent of public instruction and state school board, but takes away most of their powers and duties. A new deputy director of learning achievement would oversee the workforce development office.

Q: Would the bill save money?

A: No. There a modest savings from eliminating the chancellor $216,000 salary and benefits package, but, according to legislative fiscal analysts, the proposal adds similar costs for paying the new director canada goose outlet and includes modest costs for moving and signage. The 645 employees of the two departments would canada goose factory sale be retained, along with canada goose outlet shop the five canada goose jacket outlet member workforce development staff.

Q: So what are the benefits of the merger?

A: Republican Rep. Bill Reineke, of Tiffin, the bill sponsor, testified last month that the from to career or to work demands a unified approach and consistent canada goose clearance sale vision by our education system. He and other supporters of the proposal argue, in essence, that Ohio existing structure for education oversight needs to be modernized to more seamlessly dovetail the state canada goose outlet parka education goals so that learning goals, education outcomes and the needs canada goose store of Ohio employers are all taken into consideration as a package. In theory, better coordination of Ohio school to work preparations also would save the state money in the long run.

Q: What do opponents say?

A: Critics of the merger proposal include state teachers unions, associations representing school superintendents and fiscal officers, legislative Democrats and some newspapers around the state. They argue the proposal creates an ill conceived that would diminish the role of educators, families and the general public in crafting Ohio education policy. Among their concerns is that, in crafting the bill, Kasich never consulted the sitting state superintendent, Paolo DeMaria, an education policy expert whose hiring won unanimous support of the often divided state school board.

Q: Have similar moves been tried in other states?

A: Yes. Then Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, created a powerful canadian goose jacket education board with similar goals in 2011. The Oregon Education Investment Board, loaded with influential Oregonians, ended a high profile flop after three and a half years. In Florida, voters wound up reversing an overhaul that had consolidated education control. Alabama also went the opposite way from Ohio uk canada goose outlet proposal, acting to unlink oversight of canada goose outlet online K 12 education from oversight of colleges and universities. In January, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed creating a new state office to coordinate the state dozens of disparate workforce training programs. New York is canada goose uk outlet among states that already house elementary, secondary and higher education within a single state Education Department.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during the Ohio State of the State address in the Fritsche Theater at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, Tuesday, March 6, canada goose outlet canada 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)By Julie Carr SmythAP reporters Jonathan Cooper in Sacramento, California; Chris Carola in Albany, New buy canada goose jacket cheap York; Jeff Amy in Jackson, Mississippi; and canada goose outlet black friday Gary Fineout in Tallahassee, Florida, cheap canada goose contributed goose outlet canada to this report.

AP reporters Jonathan Cooper in Sacramento, California; Chris Carola in Albany, New York; Jeff Amy in Jackson, Mississippi; and Gary Fineout in Tallahassee, Florida, contributed to this report.

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