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February 11, 2008
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Gov. Ted Strickland

Gov. Ted Strickland

Governor outlines plan to make education a state priority

Education, from kindergarten to college, figured prominently in Gov. Ted Strickland’s State of the State address Feb. 6.  Boosting the educational attainment of all Ohio citizens is the key to the state’s future, the governor said.

“We know that higher education is the major economic driver of our economy,” Strickland said, announcing a plan to expand on former Gov. James Rhodes’ initiative to put a community college in the vicinity of every Ohioan. Noting that Ohio has a higher-education infrastructure that rivals any in the country, Strickland said the next step is to insure access and affordability for all citizens.

“Today I’m announcing that the 10-year plan for the University System of Ohio will guarantee that a high-quality associate and bachelor’s degree in the academic fields necessary to land a good job will be available on a campus within 30 miles of every Ohioan,” he said. The governor cited the partnership between Miami University and Sinclair State Community College as an example of a collaboration aimed at this goal.

Increasing financial aid funds from public and private sources will be one way to help make education affordable to all, said Strickland, who is attempting to preserve funding for higher education in the next state budget.
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