Another charter school scandal is in the news. And once again, GOP leaders who collect millions in campaign cash from failing charter schools are suspicious of the allegations but eager to go after the unidentified whistleblower who brought the matter to their attention.

In case you missed it, this scandal involves the Ohio Virtual Academy, a chronically poor performing online school.

The top Republican and top Democrat on the House Education Committee received the whistleblower’s tip that the school failed to dis-enroll hundreds of chronically truant students in order to pad its rolls. The amount of state money the […]

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New polling released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University in Iowa, the first 2016 primary state, shows that among the 14 GOP candidates whose names are bandied around as Hillary slayers, Ohio Gov. John Kasich can’t move past 2 percentage points, tying him with the likes of Carly Fiorina, the failed CEO who lost her only race for elected office, and Rick Santorum, a former whackadoodle GOP senator from Pennsylvania.

Last year, when the incumbent governor purposely did not hold a campaign announcement event to show how unorthodoxy he is, he strolled to an easy win over a Democratic challenger who […]

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was given a rude and potentially devastating awakening last Friday, when Judge Susan D. Wigenton presented the conspiracy involving three Christie confidants involved in a political retribution case know as “Bridgegate.”

David Wildstein, a buddy of Gov. Christie’s from high-school who was appointed by him to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, pleaded guilty to orchestrating a 2013 traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge as political payback against the Democratic Mayor of Fort Lee who declined to endorse Gov. Christie, a Republican, for reelection in 2013.

Mr. Wildstein’s lawyer said […]

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American elections for president just aren’t what they used to be, so says Larry Sabato, a leading elections guru and professor of politics at the University of Virginia Center for Politics who publishes a weekly, closely followed politics newsletter called Crystal Ball.

Sabato writes that there are now just seven “super-swingy states” — Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia, all of which backed Bush and Obama twice each, and Iowa and New Hampshire, which have voted Democratic in three of the last four elections. “So it’s no wonder that these special seven states start as the only obvious toss-ups […]

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President Barack Obama went Thursday to the Anacostia Library in Washington, D.C., where he discussed new efforts to strengthen learning opportunities by improving access to digital content and to public libraries. He announced two new efforts to strengthen learning opportunities by improving access to digital content and to public libraries: new eBooks commitments and the ConnectED Library Challenge.

Nearly a year ago in June, the president announced the ConnectED initiative, designed to enrich K-12 education for every student in America. ConnectED focuses on empowering teachers with the best technology and training in order to empower students through individualized learning and […]

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Happy Primary Election Day, Buckeye State voters. This is perhaps as good a time as any to reflect on our ability to exercise the franchise.

For some, it isn’t so easy, and those of us who believe in democracy know that we must continue to strive to eliminate barriers to the ballot box. One would think, in 2015, online voter registration would be a simple enough step to encourage and facilitate voter participation.

Apparently, one would be wrong.

In Ohio, the idea of online registration has been tossed about for years, but the American Civil Liberties Union recently released a […]

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Back in the 1920s, the age of dance marathons was consuming every American without bunions.  The winners were chosen on endurance.  But not everybody was impressed by the sweeping  mania.   “Of all the crazy competitions ever invented”, growled the New York World, “the dancing marathon wins by a considerable margin of lunacy.”

Yeah. As a witness to the  flash mob of candidates who hope to be still around for the last dance in November 2016, we can relate. The past few days brought to our attention  several more  “hopefuls”  who officially entered the crowded dance floor, figuring that with the […]

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A few years ago I was in the Lincoln Theatre for a community meeting to discuss racial disparities in issues like infant mortality. I asked to go early on the agenda because it was also my daughter’s 3rd birthday.

As I left the Lincoln Theatre, I realized that 150 moms and dads in Columbus would never get to celebrate their son or daughter’s first birthday, let alone their 3rd.  I decided right then that his was an issue the City would address immediately and aggressively.

I believe our city’s infant mortality rate is not consistent with our values as a […]

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Hillary Clinton made her first big policy speech this week on the need to reform the criminal justice system. Now a declared Democratic candidate for president next year, Mrs. Clinton spoke about ending mass incarceration and targeted policing as an early term focus. Civil unrest in Baltimore this week was coincidental to her speech, but it served as a compelling backdrop to remarks she offered Wednesday morning at the David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University.

“From Ferguson to Staten Island to Baltimore, the patterns have become unmistakable and undeniable,” Hillary Clinton said today. “My heart […]

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“The thing about John Kasich is, he’s kind of a jerk,” writes The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball in her profile of the Ohio Governor April 30.

Kasich has been getting into the glossies more and more recently with these types of profile pieces meant to introduce him to the national political audience, including another profile in the National Journal by Michelle Cottle, titled, “How (Arrogant, Prickly, Smart) John Kasich Would Upend 2016.”

In both pieces, Kasich’s self-aggrandizement is on full display: The governor is somehow of the belief that despite his ravaging of state aid to the poor […]

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Don Draper and How Not to Use Certain Words in Advertising
By Denis Smith

If Mad Men’s Don Draper were living in Ohio today and watching the latest commercials promoting some charter schools, he would no doubt be pleased to see how advertising agencies have mastered the art of designing an effective message for their intended audiences.

Draper, the guru of Madison Avenue’s Sterling Cooper Draper Price, will be disappearing from the small screen in the next several weeks, while charter school ads will not. In fact, as the pace of school privatization picks up in Ohio and across […]

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