Whaley proposes making Ohio a State of Learners

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Dayton Mayor and candidate for Ohio Governor Nan Whaley today released a video outlining her vision of making Ohio a state of lifelong learners, by expanding Dayton’s successful City of Learners initiative statewide.

You can view the video here: https://youtu.be/5QQ8vtcfxLg.

“When I became Mayor of Dayton, I set a big goal – that we would be a city of lifelong learning, nonstop education from cradle to career and beyond,” said Whaley in the video. “Ohio should set a similar goal – to be a State of Learners.”

In 2014, Nan launched a citywide initiative to increase learning opportunities for all of Dayton’s children and build a stronger workforce for the future. That included fostering a bipartisan coalition which passed a ballot measure so that every single four-year-old in Dayton now has access to high-quality pre-K. This school year, 1,900 students were eligible to start pre-K in late August.

“The jobs of the future, the jobs our three- and four-year-olds will do 20 years from now, haven’t even been invented yet and will require more training and skills than ever before,” said Whaley.

Research shows that investing in high-quality early childhood education puts kids on a path to success and is especially impactful for low-income students. Providing high-quality pre-K is a sound investment in our children’s future and the future of our state.

“If we’re serious about investing in education then we need to start with the youngest Ohioans,” continued Whaley.

The new video will be accompanied by a significant online ad buy.