Governor Ted Strickland stopped in Zanesville Wednesday. He spoke with small business owners, local government officials and school administrators.
The governor who is up for re-election met at the Muskingum County Business Incubator to speak about the importance of investing in educating Ohio. He spoke about the Evidence-Based-Model which is opposed by his opponent, John Kasich.
"We have invested heavily in K through 12 education, passed an evidence-based model and we are trying to take some of the pressure off of the local property tax payer, shift more of the burden for K through 12 where it belongs, onto the state," says Governor Strickland.
John Kasich has voiced his opposition to the Evidence-Based Model. Governor Strickland says rejecting it would put more responsibility on tax payers.
"My opponent in this election has said that if he’s elected, he’s going to wipe out all the reforms that we have undertaken and all the progress that we have made he says it’s gone it’s dead," says Strickland.
Press secretary for the Kasich campaign, Rob Nichols says John Kasich’s educational plan includes putting money back into the classrooms. Nichols says that Ted Strickland’s Evidence-Based Model applies "unfunded mandates" and "tax straps school districts."