Kasich on Education: ‘I Am for Total Local Control’

By Melanie Arter | February 8, 2016 | 1:36pm EST
GOP presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – GOP presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich told “Fox News Sunday” that he would put education in the hands of states instead of the federal government, adding, “That’s exactly what we do in Ohio.”

“I propose taking 104 federal education programs, putting them into four buckets and sending them to the states. I have been clear from the very beginning that I support high standards and local control. That’s exactly what we do in Ohio. Our state school board approves the standards, and the local school boards are the ones that create the curriculum,” Kasich said, adding, “I am for total local control.”

 

 

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace asked Kasich about claims that the Ohio governor supports Common Core, Obama’s Medicaid expansion, and tax increases.

“You have some raised taxes, but net you’ve lowered taxes,” said Wallace.

“By $5 billion,” Kasich said.

“But all the rest of that is true,” said Wallace.

“But wait a minute. First of all, we cut taxes by $5 billion, more than any governor in America. There’s nobody balanced as many budgets as I have, cut as much taxes,” Kasich said.

“But you are for Common Core. You did support Obamacare,” said Wallace.

“Wait a minute. Wait a minute. First of all, Chris, I’ve proposed taking 104 federal education programs, putting them into four buckets and sending them to the states. I have been clear from the very beginning that I support high standards and local control,” said Kasich.

“That’s exactly what we do in Ohio.  Our state school board approves the standards, and the local school boards are the ones that create the curriculum. I am for total local control, not for anything out of Washington. The education programs are all going to be moved back to the states,” Kasich added.

“Common Core is all local control, and you have said proudly that you're for higher Common Core standard,” said Wallace. 

“I’m for high standards, which our state school board approves, okay, and they're going through it again with a local boards of education, approving the curriculum with the advice and consent of parents. It's actually in our budget proposal. You can't be more local than that,” Kasich said.  

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