Ohio education restructuring garners business support

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Public education officials might be largely opposed to an Ohio Senate measure looking to restructure the Ohio Department of Education, but business leaders are on board.

Among the proponents of Senate Bill 1 is the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, which sees the restructure as a way to meet goals in its own “blueprint for Ohio’s economic future.”

“Because this issue is so critical to our state’s business community, this legislation is one of our top policy priorities for the 135th General Assembly,” said the chamber’s senior vice president, Rick Carfagna.

The workforce in the state “hinges on a K-12 education system that prepares students for postsecondary education, career and technical school programs, workforce skills training and other opportunities that will help to enhance their success in life beyond high school,” Carfagna told the House Economic and Workforce Development Committee this week.

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