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Many Ohioans changed their stance on Senate Bill 5, but the question hits closer to home when it comes to those going into education.

SB 5 has caused controversy in the state, enough to put the issue up for voters to decide.

But students going into the fields affected have a more personal view of the bill than most Ohioans.

Lindsey Epperly, a fourth year in human development and family science with a specialization in early childhood education, said she didn’t know a lot about SB 5 but had conversations on it with her parents who are both teachers and read about it on the
internet.

The bill “effects how I feel about my future as an educator,” Epperly said. With SB 5, Epperly said she doesn’t think she’d want to work in Ohio and has put in an application for Teach For America, opting to work in other states.

“With the union busting that Gov. Kasich is trying to do, I feel as though it’s going to negatively affect everyone who works for the government because we won’t have protection from administrators, we will be able to be fired for basically no reason,”
Epperly said. “There’s not going to be tenure, there won’t be unions to go against salaries if there’s any dispute about salaries.”

Samuel Payler, who graduated in August 2011 with a degree in middle childhood education, said SB 5 initially sounded like a terrible idea but that it doesn’t sound as bad as it did at first after reading up on the bill more.

“I still have major concerns with the implementation of some of the provisions, especially pertaining to performance based compensation and salaries for teachers,” said Payler. “There’s really no fair and accurate way to measure the performance of a
teacher.”

SB 5 would allow for administrators or parents to go after teachers they don’t’ like and it “doesn’t make for a professional environment and detracts from the students’ education,” Payler said.

Jessica Rudolph, a first year graduate student in math education, first heard about SB 5 as an undergraduate at Ohio State in an educational fraternity. Initially Rudolph said she wasn’t afraid of the bill.

After looking into the bill more discovered the provision on merit pay and did not agree because “you can’t always measure a class, you can’t measure the motivation level of a student,” Rudolph said.

Rudolph said merit pay makes teachers start to teach toward tests when students need to know more than just content; they need to learn strategies and how the information applies to the real world.

SB 5 wouldn’t make her think of changing her plans to teach because “it’s still a passion of mine, so I don’t want to let one bill or one law stop me from doing something that I love,” Rudolph said.

Overall, Rudolph said she’d rather the state come up with different solutions to fix the education system than using SB 5.

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