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Gov. Kasich Doubles Down On Teacher Externship Plan

Gov Kasich delivers State of the State speech
Gov Kasich delivers State of the State speech

Gov. John Kasich doubled down on his plan to require teachers who are renewing their licenses to spend days shadowing business leaders, despite the fact that legislative leaders are not embracing that plan. 

In his State of the State speech, Kasich said again that requiring teachers to spend a few days working in a local business would be good for students.

“I want to make sure that our teachers, when they go for their relicense, that they spend a few days working in a business, learning about the workforce needs of the community. I don't want them to go in the military. I just want them to spend a few days at the bank, at the insurance company, at the doctor's office learning about the workforce.”

But House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Senate President Larry Obhof, who have already said they are not in favor, jokingly reiterated their opposition.

(Rosenberger) “I’ve been very clear where I stand with it so….

(Obhof) “I’ve been pretty clear about where I am too.”

(Rosenberger) “I know.” (both chuckle)

Without approval from lawmakers, Kasich’s teacher externship plan is dead.

Copyright 2017 The Statehouse News Bureau

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.