The AP reports that former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Cupp, now working for Auditor Yost, is “raising unique ethical issues” after meeting with the Governor’s office and JobsOhio in the days leading up to the turn over of financial records to the Auditor’s Office. While serving on the Supreme Court Cupp dealt with legal questions about JobsOhio. The return of public start-up money by JobsOhio could impact the lawsuit.
The Dayton Daily News reports that 19 of JobsOhio’s 22 employees are former state employees, and most got pay raises averaging 20% when they moved [...]Full Story... →
Representatives Hayes and Patmon have reintroduced legislation to allow schools to count their school year in terms of hours instead of days in the form of House Bill 32. In the previous General Assembly, this was House Bill 191 and it fizzled out in the House Education Committee. This Wednesday, May 8, the House Education Committee will take up HB32 by hearing testimony from the sponsors.
You can read our writing about HB191 here.
In addition to allowing public schools some flexibility in the crafting of the school year (the bill removes the 182 [...]Full Story... →
The Ohio House GOP has released their budget, and it’s a doozy. They defund Planned Parenthood, set up the “Parenting and Pregnancy Program” (I’m going to assume this is funding for crisis pregnancy centers), and cut the Medicaid expansion against the wishes of more than 3/4 of the House.
Speaker Batchelder says that there are too many questions about Medicaid to go forward, so he’s denying health care to 350,000 Ohioans.
That’s so ludicrous that the Speaker should resign immediately. Obamacare was passed before the GOP controlled the Ohio House of Representatives. He has had 3 years to seek [...]Full Story... →
From the “not news” file comes the continuing sad saga of ECOT, the largest charter e-school in Ohio. We’ve reported about ECOT many times in the past and this post is a continuing update of the damage that ECOT continues to cause statewide.
ECOT’s 40% graduation rate doesn’t stop them from siphoning students and funding away from over 300 of the top-rated school districts in the state. A whopping 327 of the 353 districts rated Excellent or Excellent w/Distinction (“A” or “A+”) are losing students and the associated funding to ECOT this year, totaling over $33 million dollars pulled from [...]Full Story... →
When John Kasich came into office in 2011, he immediately scrapped Governor Strickland’s “evidence based” school funding plan. Kasich promised his own plan in a few months.
Two years later, Kasich finally revealed his plan to a room full of school superintendents, who were initially impressed. Kasich promised poor districts would be getting more money under his plan.
But just as we predicted, the whole thing was a lie. Per pupil funding dropped, the majority of poor districts saw no increases in state funding after seeing massive cuts in the last budget, and poorly performing charters got a bump [...]Full Story... →
We’re hearing State Rep Ron Hood is is preparing to introduce a version of Kris Jordan’s crazy, anti-law enforcement, unconstitutional gun bill in the Ohio House.
The Ohio FOP called the bill “grandstanding” and blatantly unconstitutional.
Hood and Wes Retherford, the bill’s other sponsor, are currently looking for co-sponsors in the House.
An attorney who regularly deals with constitutional issues described the bills this way:
Let me be blunt: this [...]Full Story... →
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman’s Education Commission could clearly fill a necessary role in coordinating services throughout the city as long as they don’t alienate too many people along the way.
Beyond the Columbus City Schools, the Columbus area has many educational and community services for children that are fragmented and often a challenge for families to navigate. These services might only be coordinated if they are willing to turn over their public/private management to a city oversight group such as the mayor’s commission. The Columbus Zoo, the Columbus library system, Columbus Parks and Recreation, COSI, and even COTA, [...]Full Story... →
ECOT, the Ohio online charter school, is recruiting students to enroll in the school in time to take the Ohio Graduation Tests with the opportunity to get paid up to $100 (maximum $20 per test). How is this “public” charter school using taxpayer dollars as an incentive to students through a check “made out in the student’s name”?
Furthermore, the stated requirement that a student must complete the test and answer all questions appropriately implies that someone at ECOT will be looking at student test booklets and answers — isn’t that a clear violation of test administration rules from the [...]Full Story... →
We’ve been following the path of Gov. Kasich’s budget message for the past couple of days before it heads to the legislature where the gifted pizza twirlers will add their spin to his master plan to save all that’s noble in the state. Bold, is what the media are calling it. A do-or-die game changer in how Ohioans can manage to live with dramatic tax cuts spread from Lake Erie to the Ohio River. As columnist Gail Collins once wondered about another candidate’s flaring promises, “It would have been simpler if he had just given everybody a car.”
The redistribution of [...]Full Story... →
In 2011, Governor Kasich announced his first budget via a “town hall” packed with political supporters asked to react to a budget as Kasich introduced it for the first time to the entire State. In so doing, the Kasich Administration was able to completely con the Ohio media in reporting the Administration was INCREASING funding for education. The Administration could do this because it refused to release a district-by-district analysis of its school funding formula.
We were quick to point out that overall education funding was going down, and that the Administration was using a clever line-item trick by focusing [...]Full Story... →
As part of his school funding roll out today, Governor Kasich promised to provide every charter school in the state an additional $100 per child to pay for “facilities”.
In the 2010-2011 school year Ohio had 114,667 children in charter schools.
Total new funds sent to charter schools for “facilities”: $11,466,700Full Story... →