There’s plenty of money to be made by Huffmaster Crisis Response, LLC., by prolonging the teachers strike in Reynoldsburg.  That’s money that Reynoldsburg taxpayers had intended to be used to educate their children, but is instead being directed primarily toward strike management operations, especially security.  And this begs the question – who’s truly running the school district right now?

Superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning was hired in January to a three-year contract with a base pay of $157,500.  She has some other perks such as a $10,000 annuity and a $7,800 allowance for automobile, communications and other expenses, but let’s just focus on [...]

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This Sunday the Columbus Dispatch, which touts itself (despite decades of proof otherwise) as “Ohio’s Greatest Home Newspaper,” ran a terribly myopic, partisan and intentionally misleading editorial endorsement of Gov. John Kasich that bordered on journalistic and editorial malpractice.

The Columbus newspaper is owned and operated by powerful Republicans whose media empire routinely goes to bat for business, especially local Titans like The Limited, Nationwide, Worthington Industries and dozens of others, as well as carrying water for GOP politicians like Kasich.   For this, the paper has clearly earned it’s nickname, The Columbus Disgrace

The Disgrace didn’t have to run this cheap shot editorial five weeks before Election Day, as it’s coverage [...]

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After months of failed negotiations with the local school board, teachers in Reynoldburg went on strike on Friday.  The school board responded by keeping the schools open and busing in overly-priced, incompetent substitute staff.  The Dispatch reports that staffing is at half the normal level, resulting in large groups of students being forced into small classrooms with unprepared teachers.  According to some reports, all hell broke loose.

Today, Reynoldsburg Superintendant Tina Thomas-Manning sent out a letter to parents that promised to crack down on the problems experienced last week.  Her solution: blame the students!   Thomas-Manning’s threatening letter is clear: she plans to [...]

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Valoria Hoover is a Republican lawyer from Dublin, Ohio who desperately wants to be a judge.  And this year might be her big break, assuming she can continue to pull off the scam she’s been running for the past few months: pretending to be a Democrat.

In 2012, Ms. Hoover ran a very unsuccessful campaign against now-Judge Kim Brown for the Court of Common Pleas in Franklin County.  Brown received 67% of the vote, and spent the months leading up to the election aggressively campaigning.  You couldn’t attend a parade or event, or drink at a hipster coffee shop downtown that summer [...]

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When most people hear about workers going on strike, their first thought is that the breakdown in negotiations is about pay. This belief is rampant among those who are uneducated about the current strike involving Reynoldsburg teachers.  The Reynoldsburg superintendent seems to be among that group of individuals who still believes this is about pay and recently wrote that the latest offer by the teachers “included $1 million more in guaranteed raises compared to the board’s most recent proposal”, though she does not provide a detailed analysis of the two proposals to defend this claim.

That’s why we are here. [...]

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The Reynoldsburg School Board and Superintendent are playing fast and loose with the taxpayer’s dollars.  According to an analysis of the district’s contracts with Huffmaster, yesterday’s wasted day of education cost Reynoldsburg residents at least $375,000.  This cost includes all of the planning and preparation leading up to the chaotic day along with the cost of paying the “teachers” who, according to numerous reports, performed poor-quality babysitting services.

By contrast, and according to teacher salary data reported by the district to ODE for last year, the typical one-day cost of teacher salaries is less than $110,0oo.  At less than [...]

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After the first day of the teacher’s strike in Reynoldsburg, a strike provoked by Superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning and the school board’s unwillingness to budge in negotiations focused on improving the learning conditions for the community’s children, Thomas-Manning declared that it was “a successful day”.

Huh.

Here are some local news headlines from the superintendent’s “successful day”:

Fights cause lockdown at Reynoldsburg school as teachers strike” – Columbus Dispatch

Reynoldsburg Teachers Take To Picket Line, Students Claim There Is Chaos In Classrooms” – WBNS-10tv

Fights reported inside Reynoldsburg Schools: Students say substitute teachers can’t [...]

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The Harvard Business School released is third annual survey on U.S. Competitiveness this month, and it is appointment viewing for anybody who wishes to speak with any degree of authority about the American economy, so don’t expect it to make it to John Kasich’s bedside reading table any time soon.

The report highlights something quite remarkable about the “recovery” of the American economy, or what the researchers call a troubling divergence: “Large and midsize firms have rallied strongly from the Great Recession, and highly skilled individuals are prospering. But middle- and working-class citizens are struggling, as are small businesses.”

This [...]

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In 2012, Ohio legislators amended state law to include a provision to implement a “Pilot program for Columbus City School District” in Senate Bill 316.  Under this provision, parents can “take over” a school’s operation.  This is also known nationally as a “parent trigger” provision and Ohio’s version is detailed in Ohio Revised Code 3302.042.

A second line of the statute reads “The pilot project shall commence once the department of education establishes implementation guidelines for the pilot project in consultation with the Columbus city school district.”

This week, John Kasich’s Ohio Department of Education apparently plunged forward and established their own guidelines for this [...]

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Charles and David Koch are two of the richest people in the country. Together, they are worth $86 billion and have built a political empire that makes the political machines of the early 20th century look small. Their secretive network of billionaires and millionaires dump millions of dollars in our elections, launching thousands of attack ads against candidates who do not adhere to their specific, controversial agenda. In the 2014 election cycle alone, the Kochs’ secret network of dark money groups are expected to spend nearly $300 million. The candidates they help elect become beholden to the Kochs’ special interests, [...]

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