Ohio House of Representatives - 92nd House District

 

Do you favor or oppose increased state level funding for elementary and secondary education?

 

Collinsworth No response received.

 

Hunter - Ohioans want excellent schools and are generally willing to foot the bill, but we have sometimes chosen models that add expense without increasing money that goes into the classroom. Evidence is mixed with respect to increased funding equaling quality. Some of the highest cost schools have dismal records of education and people are demanding accountability and rightly so. Education costs have risen fourfold since 1970 in real dollars. Employees have doubled while students have increased by only 9%. Are we satisfied that education is better?

 

Phillips - School funding is a state responsibility, and I support the Ohio Evidence Based Model for school funding. These reforms will provide the educational opportunities that are proven to be effective for students. When its fully phased-in, I believe we will have a constitutional school funding system. In fact, education leaders agree that these reforms put us on the road to constitutionality. Our children will have to compete with the best and the brightest from all over the world, and the future of Ohios economy depends on the success of our educational system. Its critical that we fund it adequately.

 

 

Regarding campaign spending: Do you support registration, reporting and advertising disclaimer requirements for election-campaign spending by corporations and other organizations? Should corporations and organizations be required to notify and get permission from shareholders and/or members in order to engage in election spending? What requirements do you think should be instituted with regard to ad hoc committees formed solely to advertise during election campaigns?

 

Collinsworth No response received.

 

Hunter - Any corporation or other organization should comply with identification requirements of the election process when an issue or candidate is important enough to spend money on it. In the case of a corporation backing an election issue, the persons who are members are free to leave or stay, and therefore no permission to back the issue should be required. However, an organization that has compulsory dues or fees should have permission of its members who cannot opt out. Ad hoc committees should be held to high standards of ethics and truthfulness and officers should expect sanctions for lies.

 

Phillips - I support disclosure of all spending designed to influence the outcome of elections by individuals, organizations, and corporations. In some instances, permission from the shareholders or members could be unduly burdensome and very expensive to obtain. Ad hoc committees, 525s and 501 c-4s should disclose campaign contributions and expenditures to allow the public to make informed decisions.

 

 

If a push poll is being done on your behalf, would you call the organization and have it stopped?

 

Collinsworth No response received.

 

Hunter - Immediately!! Character assassination will NOT be part of my campaign.

 

Phillips - If there was a push poll being done on my behalf, I would attempt to find out who was conducting the poll. If the polling were being paid for by a party organization, I would call them and ask them to stop. If, however, an independent expenditure group was polling, it would be a violation of election law for me to talk with them. I would not and have not communicated with any independent expenditure groups.

 

 

In Ohio there is less oversight of charter schools that public schools. Would you support increased oversight and/or shutting down underperforming/failing charter schools?

 

Collinsworth No response received.

 

Hunter Oversight, regulation and professional assistance should be balanced for all schools according to their purpose. Parents have chosen some schools that seem to be underperforming and are ultimately responsible, but all students should receive an education that provides basic learning and develops skills in problem solving and advanced thinking. Some charter schools have taken in at-risk students who are less prepared, behind their peer group, and who present a challenge for educators. Schools should nevertheless have high expectations, be able to evaluate student progress (including reasons for low performance), and articulate steps taken for improvement.

 

Phillips - Yes, and we have already tightened the oversight mechanisms for charter schools. I would support further accountability measures to ensure that taxpayer funds are not being spent irresponsibly. Our children need high quality educational opportunities, and the taxpayers deserve to know that funds are being used wisely and effectively.