Education

FEDERAL AUTHORITY
The Constitution of the United States grants the Federal Government no authority over Education, the 10th Amendment applies: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Because the federal government has absolutely no jurisdiction concerning the education of our children, the United States Department of Education should be abolished; all federal legislation related to education should be repealed along with all Federal funding to local schools and school districts. No federal laws subsidizing or regulating the education of children should be enacted. Under no circumstances should the federal government be involved in national teacher certification, educational curricula, textbook selection, learning standards, comprehensive sex education, psychological and psychiatric research testing programs, and personnel. 

PARENT RIGHTS
Education, training, and discipline of children are properly placed in the domain of their parents.  As such, we support the unimpeded right of parents to provide for the education of their children in the manner they deem best, including home, private, public, or religious. We oppose all legislation from any level of government that would interfere with or restrict that liberty. So that parents need not defy the law by refusing to send their children to schools of which they disapprove, compulsory attendance laws should be amended to allow for freedom of choice.

SCHOOL FUNDING
All legislation in regards to funding, whether state or local, must ensure that local schools remain under local control. We will also support legislation that provides equitable tax relief for families whose children do not attend government schools.  The Constitution Party of Ohio absolutely opposes all funding of education within the State of Ohio that is derived from any form of legalized gambling including the State Lottery or State permitted casinos. This is an immoral concept that promotes a wrong ideology to impressionable young minds.

STATE AND UNION CONTROL vs LOCAL CONTROL AND INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
The Ohio State Board of Education should be significantly reduced in scope and size along with its usurpation of local control through state mandates and centralized testing.  All state legislation regarding the establishment and authority of the State Board of Education or other existing state laws that removes or usurps the authority of the local school boards over the local school districts should be immediately rescinded.    In addition, while we support the right of teachers and other local school officials to voluntarily band together to defend or oppose certain issues within the school system, state or local, we oppose the conscription of educators, forcing them involuntarily to join a union or pay union dues of any sort (OEA, NEA, SEIU, etc.).