As an educator, we teach our students academics like reading, science, and math; but we also teach them bigger concepts like the difference between right and wrong, the importance of perseverance and how to be a good citizen. 

Unfortunately, the Ohio Department of Education has been making it hard to believe in those larger concepts. Many students at my school, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, are working one or more jobs to support their family, have faced intense bullying at their previous schools, or are taking care of a loved one at home. 

The Ohio Department of Education is punishing them by attempting to force all students back into the traditional bricks and mortar schools that cost more money and failed these students in the first place. It’s time for ODE to stop its attack on online learning.

Mary Latimer 

Pickerington