During the last several months, Ohio newspapers have published a number of articles detailing chronic problems with the state’s charter schools. In particular, the Akron Beacon Journal and Dayton Daily News have performed stellar reporting as they informed their readers about issues related to problems associated with a chain of schools operated by Turkish immigrants that have ties to a controversial exiled Islamic cleric named Fethullah Gulen.
The Beacon Journal informed its readers that a number of the board members of the Chicago-based Gulen charter school chain officially called Concept Schools aren’t American citizens and that State Rep. Cliff Rosenberger, a leading candidate to become the next [...]
On multiple occasions Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has criticized his Democratic opponent David Pepper for lacking experience, claiming Pepper has a “lack of courtroom knowledge” and “precious little experience in any kind of serious litigation.”
Funny stuff when you realize that Mike DeWine “was not allowed to practice law from Sept. 15, 1997, until April 10, 2007″ because his Ohio law license was inactive, according to today’s Plain Dealer.Full Story... →
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel told the Canton Repository that he wakes up every day and wonders “how we can create an environment for a vibrant and growing economy. One of the main challenges we face as a state, as the baby boomers retire, we are seeing a shortage of skilled workers in many important fields.”
He made the comments while touring Brown Mackie College, a private, for-profit school.
Josh is a huge fan of for-profit educational endeavors, regardless of whether or not they turn out quality students or spend public money wisely. And some of those for-profit endeavors are [...]Full Story... →
The Ohio Republican Party says it has found a scandal in Democratic State Sen. Nina Turner’s campaign against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. According to the party’s top flak, Chris Schrimpf, Turner is …um…”too partisan”.
Although Schrimpf’s assessment of Turner hardly rises above the level of playground insults, it is the stuff one would expect from a spokesperson who once labored in the non-partisan inner circles of righties like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue.
Schrimpf doesn’t think Turner is playing nice by referring to Republicans as “stupid and dumb”, words not unfamiliar to [...]Full Story... →
Ohio’s 15th U.S. Congressional District is Picasso-esque in the strangeness of its geometry. It stretches from western Clinton County across the state to eastern Morgan County, but when it gets up north to Franklin County it gets truly weird.
It twists, it turns, it loops back and around, it weaves in and out and around and claws back down just enough to include the home of its elected congressman, U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington. Ohio’s Fighting Fifteenth, taken alone, looks more like something to be found in a Rorschach Test than a map of U.S. Congressional Districts.
Suffice it [...]Full Story... →
The Reynoldsburg Education Association (REA) released a statement today about the state of their negotiations with the School Board and Administration:
“This is the latest disappointing action taken by the Board. It’s a shame that rather than focus their energies on reaching a fair agreement that addresses reasonable class sizes and unprecedented teacher turnover, the Board chose instead to file a charge against us today. I can only imagine what our district would look like if the Board spent it’s time working with the teachers in the best interest of high quality public education, rather than finding new ways to attack us and negotiate [...]Full Story... →
One one hand, Gov. John R. Kasich never misses a chance to dwell on his compassionate conservatism, because it makes him look human and sympathetic to the less fortunate. One the other hand, policies championed by the former Lehman Brother banker and Fox TV network political talk show host actually push more needy Ohioans into the very shadows the governor uses to camouflage his long-held but misguided beliefs that divide people into those who deserve the few crumbs government is still allowed to give those who need it from those who don’t deserve them.
For even part-time students of [...]Full Story... →
Sean Chichelli, Director of Labor & Human Resources Policy for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce penned an article recently titled “Employers should have a right to know about criminal past of potential employees.” Chichelli said, “In today’s world, if someone is the best candidate for the job, many businesses are willing to consider them whether or not they have a criminal record. However, businesses must maintain their ability to inquire about job candidates’ criminal histories, and to conduct background checks on those candidates.”
Based on the sage advice from Chichelli, questions abound about why the Kasich Administration would hire [...]Full Story... →
Asked recently if JobsOhio has proven its worth, Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor said, “The numbers speak for themselves.” What she said is true and unfortunate. The numbers for jobs in Ohio do speak for themselves, and what they say is Ohio’s recovery under Taylor and her boss Gov. John R. Kasich, who are asking voters to rehire them again in November, is way too slow, especially for two politicos who promised voters in 2010 that they would turnaround Ohio.
According to new economic analysis performed by George Zeller, one of Ohio’s top data crunchers, Kasich and Taylor have [...]Full Story... →
Ah… the ALS ice bucket challenge. Seems like everyone is doing it. As the name suggests, the challenge involves dumping a “bucket” of ice water over your head to raise awareness of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
John Kasich took the challenge this week, along with many other Ohioans including Ted Strickland and OCSEA President Chris Mabe. We’ve included screen shots of these three videos below. See if you can identify the one that’s not like the others…
Clearly Kasich missed the point.
It’s unclear if Kasich actually donated any money to [...]Full Story... →
Since charter (“community”) schools began in Ohio in 1998, they have continued to increase in number, taking an ever-growing amount of funding away from Ohio’s real community schools – public school districts. 99% of Ohio’s school districts lose state funding to charter schools every year — charters that are grossly underperforming their public school counterparts.
If you want to help stem the tide of charter school expansion in Ohio, it’s important to look at the past. Look at this chart that shows the number of charter schools in Ohio since 1998.
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