A high-quality public education builds skills and knowledge and helps children reach their greatest potential. It fosters teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to land good jobs and help the United States compete in the global economy. We need to make sure all kids have access to equal resources, including computers, smaller class sizes, nurses, counselors and support staff.
But instead of investing in the comprehensive services and support our children deserve, politicians have taken money away from public schools to fund private school voucher programs and charter schools, which lack public accountability and oversight, and often fail to meet the educational and developmental needs of our most vulnerable children. The privatization of public schools, and attacks on the bargaining rights of public school teachers and personnel, are sold as altruistic and in the best interests of our children but if you scratch the surface and follow the money, you’ll find only empty promises for our children and fatter bank accounts for the wealthy.
Driven by wrong-minded public officials and corporate greed, contracts for public services are doled out without regard to cost effectiveness or quality. Time and time again, the public pays more and gets lower quality of services while public workers are laid off and corruption scandals make the news. The Ohio AFL-CIO, AFSCME. IAFF, AFGE and all public unions are fighting hard to preserve quality public services, ensure that public service employees are treated fairly and hold elected officials accountable to the public.
State and Local Government Funds:
In Ohio under Republican leadership, Ohio has drastically cute state and local government funding. We must find balanced solutions to budget challenges, recognizing that state employees and services have already taken big cuts and further reductions will cause the most harm – both to state residents and to the state’s economic recovery. It’s time to have smarter government that best meets the needs of our communities.