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Kasich Education Plan Uses Casino License Fees for Mentor Program

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Ohio’s governor announced several ambitious proposals before the legislature during his State of the State address. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, that includes an initiative to bolster community mentor programs.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Republican Gov. John Kasich is asking the legislature to help fund a program that would bring schools, parents and businesses leaders together for one common goal: to mentor young students. It’s called the Community Connectors Initiative.

Kasich’s proposal would take $10 million from the licensing fees the state receives from its four casinos and match funds raised by communities around Ohio. Kasich believes this would be a crucial step in leading kids to a well-rounded education.

“All of us in Ohio, we’re hungry to help," Kasich said in his speech this week. "We know what’s missing out there -- we just don’t always know how to do it. And Community Connectors is going to give us a chance to listen to the better angel inside of all of us to figure out how to make a difference in someone’s life.”

The governor says the program can go beyond the normal skills learned in a classroom and teach students other elements, such as professional etiquette and workplace culture.

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