COLUMBUS (TDB) -- Gov. Bob Taft hopes to get his education initiative though the Ohio General Assembly's year-end session this week -- he's leaving office next month and wants some kind of legacy besides rotten poll numbers. In the rush, the House Education Committee was stacked to get his CORE bill onto the floor. ''It's not about graduation. It's about preparation,'' Taft has said about his plan to stiffen the state's education requirements.
He might want to start with the Ohio Board of Regents, which needs some spelling, and English, lessons to avoid looking duncelike. The agency runs the state's higher education system and recently had to refile a proposed a new administrative rule, 3333-1-28, because it made ''grammatical errors'' in the legalese. One of the mistakes: Failing to use capital letters for its own name.
That's not the worst of it. When it took back the proposal, it had to summarize the contents of the new rule. That came out as: "Auhority of Board of Regents to establich rule.'' Twice.
Taft wants students to take four years of high school English before picking up a diploma. He says "the right path to future prosperity starts with giving all high school students the academic foundation needed for success in an entry-level job, apprenticeship, the military or college."
If gets his way, some could even find themselves ''establiched' in positions of ''auhority."
Democratic Gov.-elect Ted Strickland has a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in psychology, which means he's spent a lot of time reading and writing. Maybe he'll have to start proof-reading everything that comes out of the Ohio Board of Regents.