Our children are the workforce of tomorrow; therefore, the quality of their training is paramount to the economic vitality of our state. That’s why, under the leadership of Senate Republicans, Ohio has directed more state funding to K-12 education than at any time in our state’s history. Additionally, the Ohio Senate has passed legislation to make a historic overhaul and realignment of the responsibilities and duties of the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the State School Board. The legislation will once and for all ensure that the Department of Education and the State School Board are accountable to the people of Ohio. Among the changes, the bill would create a cabinet-level agency named the Department of Education and Workforce (DEW). The bill also creates the Division of Primary and Secondary Education and the Division of Career Technical Education within the Department, which will focus on career education and preparing students for the workforce.