A Failing Grade for Ohio
This month, the Network for Public Education issued a report card on “Grading the States: Our Nation’s Commitment to Public Schools.” The report examines our nation’s commitment to democracy by assessing the privatization programs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. It not only highlights the benefits of a public school education, but compares the accountability, transparency and civil rights protections offered students in the public school setting versus the private school setting. Each state is graded on the extent to which it has instituted policies and practices that lead to fewer democratic opportunities and more privatization, as well as the guardrails it has or has not created to protect the rights of students, communities and taxpayers. Ohio received an F.