Fairborn Councilwoman Donna Wilson wrote her state Senator (see below) to express opposition to giving ECOT a pass on collecting millions without documentation that students are engaged in learning. The ECOT-friendly response from the Senator’s office precipitated a second letter.
The public education community should be flooding the offices of state officials with letters demanding the ECOT scandal be resolved in favor of taxpayers and students immediately.
If there is no opposition expressed by concerned citizens, the ECOT gravy train will keep on rolling.
Dear Senator Hackett,
The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) has been failing our students for […]
Well, Josh Mandel is back, four years later as Trump ll. Older, but probably not much wiser from his first failed challenge to Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in 2012.
Mandel, the one-time Boy Wonder who will be all the way aged to 38 in the 2018, mid-terms, patriotically described himself in his official announcement on twitter, as an ex-Marine “America first” guy ” who is the “first to fight” while rising two years before the mast of the mid-term election. It seems like yesterday that Josh, now in his second term as state treasurer, boasted to an Akron Press Club […]Full Story... →
Florida Senator Bill Nelson brought the sad news to the Senate floor mid afternoon Thursday, that one of Ohio’s favorite sons who stood out as one of the nation’s favorite modern day heroes, John Glenn, had died. Sen. Nelson reminded his colleagues that John Glenn was one of the original seven Mercury program astronauts, all of whom were selected and widely known for having “the right stuff.”
Nelson said about John Herschel Glenn Jr., who was born July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio, and grew up in New Concord, that he was a “first-class gentleman and devoted husband and […]Full Story... →
The Ohio House just voted to approve an unconstitutional 20-week abortion ban.
Five Democrats voted for the bill. And four other Dems failed to vote.
These are the Dems who voted for the ban, along with their office numbers in case you would like to give them a call:
Jack Cera (96th) — (614) 466-3735 Denise Driehaus (31st) — (614) 466-5786 Michael O’Brien (64th) — (614) 466-5358 Bill Patmon (10th) — (614) 466-7954 John Rogers (60th) — (614) 466-7251
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Documentation of school attendance dates back to the beginning of the Ohio common schools in 1822. Throughout the decades, some students have been honored with perfect attendance award; hence schools have always emphasized the importance of attendance. Truant officers have typically been a part of the common school system since the beginning. Bona fide educators have always stressed the importance of regular attendance. All of this is in contrast to the ECOT mindset.
William L. Phillis, Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School FundingFull Story... →
Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s name popped up on late night TV again, this time as the butt of a joke made by The Late Show host Stephen Colbert. The former Comedy Central host joked that one lone Texas elector has vowed to cast his vote for the Buckeye State’s term-limited, lame duck governor for president. Doing that, Colbert said, was like getting three wishes from a genie and using them to pick three Old Navy gift cards.
While professional comedians like Colbert have rich soil to till with Mr. Kasich, serious observers of the governor’s administration, like […]Full Story... →
This post comes to us from Innovation Ohio, where it was originally published.
Today, the Ohio House is moving a bill that radically undermines the notion of local control and ties the hands of communities to set standards for the treatment of workers.
Enshrined into the constitution is a strong commitment to local control, or “home rule”:
Municipalities shall have authority to exercise all powers of local self-government and to adopt and enforce within their limits such local police, sanitary and other similar regulations, as are not in conflict with […]Full Story... →
The Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools (OAPCS) 10th annual conference is being held on December 6-8 in Columbus Ohio.
Organizations typically honor special friends in high places. State Auditor Dave Yost and Senator Cliff Hite are special OAPCS honorees this year.
Representative Andrew Brenner is also being featured during some special events at the conference.
All three men have received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the ECOT founder Bill Lager.
Ron Packard, the former K-12, Inc. online charter company (Ohio Virtual Academy) and now owner of several Ohio charters is prominent on the program. […]Full Story... →
As we plod on America’s dark journey into the Theater of the Absurd we find House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan shrugging that lies mean nothing to him. Especially, Donald Trump’s tweeted lies. As Ryan explained on “60 Minutes,” “it doesn’t matter to me.’’
Here we have the third highest ranking elected official in the new administration (behind Herr Trump and What’s-his-name) saying that orange lies don’t matter. That was during a tussle with anchor Scott Pelley when asked about the Trump tweet that voter fraud prevented him from winning the popular vote in a “landslide”.
“I don’t know,” Ryan peeped. […]Full Story... →
Lebron James, the best basketball player in the world currently, won’t be dreaming of another NBA championship season anytime soon from comfy digs in a Donald Trump hotel. The Ohio-born star who endorsed Hillary Clinton for president is teaming up with another teammate or two to boycott Donald Trump-branded hotels for the team’s travels this season, the Washington Times reported.
According to reporting by ESPN Monday night, citing “multiple team sources,” a group of the team’s players have been excused from staying at the Trump SoHo Hotel in lower Manhattan, where the team has a contract to stay when […]Full Story... →
“The election of the next President is not yet a done deal,” said Texas Republican Christopher Suprun, one of the 538 members of the Electoral College, in a New York Times op-ed. “Electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country. Presidential electors have the legal right and a constitutional duty to vote their conscience. I believe electors should unify behind a Republican alternative.”
Making news for what he wouldn’t do, Mr. Suprun said that when the electors convene in a couple weeks, he won’t vote for Trump because the Donald “has repeatedly […]Full Story... →