The office of Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education should be occupied by an experienced, highly professional educator that is a recognized leader – one who commands the respect, admiration and approval of those laboring at all levels of education policy and practice. Jan Resseger’s review of the confirmation hearing confirms that DeVos has no experience in public education or in-depth understanding of education. The Senators in the hearing should have been “distressed by her evident lack of knowledge and experience and her ideological bent,” wrote Resseger.
The school choice thumpers now have one of their own in […]
The Governor, during a January 12 speech to the Columbus Partnership, announced a provision in the state budget proposal to add three non-voting, non-elected business persons to each board of education. Why three? Why any?
This solution-looking-for-a-problem approach is yet another signal that some politicians don’t trust citizens to elect the “right” individuals to manage educational programming in school districts. Appointed state board of education members and the “Youngstown” Plan (amendment to HB 70 of the 131st General Assembly) are other examples of lack of confidence in citizens. Of course, the citizens that elect the board members also elect governors […]Full Story... →
As I watched PRESIDENT Donald Trumpf, still ranting in his blistering campaign mode about creating a master race of Americans, I recalled (from old clip) something that George Orwell wrote in his sobering “1984”:
“In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully on a people incapable of understanding it. They could be made to accept the most flagrant violation of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply […]Full Story... →
At high noon on Friday, in front of the Capitol in Washington D.C., Donald John Trump was sworn-in as the 45th President of The United States. His inaugural address sounded like standard Trump-rally pablum that repeated his pledge to put American first and bring back jobs.
In Ohio, a bellwether state that has made and broken many a candidate’s run for president, the New York billionaire and real estate Titan decimated Hillary Clinton by a stunning 446,841 votes last year, even though former President Barack Obama twice won the votes of Buckeyes in 2008 and 2012.
Mostly white working […]Full Story... →
In an exclusive interview Thursday with Ohio’s senior Senator, Sherrod Brown from his office in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. , he has an important message for all Ohioans.
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In an exclusive interview Thursday from his office in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington D.C., Ohio’s senior U.S. Senator, Sherrod Brown, tells 60 Seconds Ohio what he would like to hear President Donald Trump say at his swearing-in ceremony on Friday.Full Story... →
On the average, the cost of administration for public schools in Ohio is in the range of 13%. Charter schools, on the average, spend in the range of 26%.
The Education Research Alliance issued a January 17, 2017 Policy Brief by Christian Buerger and Douglas N. Harris, Tulane University, which indicates that charter school administration costs in New Orleans have increased 66% relative to a public school comparison group. New Orleans charter expenditures for instruction declined 10% relative to the comparison group.
For at least five decades, policymakers in Ohio have called for reduction in the cost of school […]Full Story... →
When a governor is caged by a political ideology that sees health care as a privilege instead of a right, and thinks market competition is the magic formula that makes unaffordable health care suddenly affordable, the caged songbird’s warble about losing billions in federal dollars may sound sweet, until it turns into an irritating and hypocritical song.
In the case of Ohio’s caged Republican governor and songbird, John Kasich, his warble is tone deaf to the plight of people caught in the crosshairs of a complex and complicated system poised to get worse as Republicans on Capitol Hill advance their plans to […]Full Story... →
Diane Ravitch was invited to introduce Betsy DeVos to the readers of In These Times.
Her view of Betsy DeVos as the nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education: “Billionaire Betsy DeVos will be great for private, religious and charter schools—and bad news for students and teachers.”
There is little doubt but that Ms. DeVos will be confirmed; hence, why raise the issue of her lack of qualifications and desirability for the position? Simply because the American people have a right to know her background and the potential damage she can do to public […]Full Story... →
As we draw menacingly closer to the odd prenuptial agreement between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin for their arrival at the White House, there is little left for the national media but to repeat the names of the boycotters. Trump says it will be a great spectacle to watch him enthroned with, of all things, his hand on a Bible as his apologists swear their loyalty to whatever appears in his tweets. His straight man, Mike Pence, found it “disappointing” that Rep. John Lewis described our next president (!) as “illegitimate” as the top American spokesman in leading the free […]Full Story... →
“Join us to build a ground game to ensure Nina Turner is the next Governor of Ohio #TurnOHAround #OurTurn.”
That’s the Facebook posting from a group that is urging former State Senator Nina Turner of Cleveland to jump into the 2018 race for governor.
Always outspoken, always articulate, always focused with a bold style that’s made her a political star among Democrats and progressive, Nina Turner would be a formidable candidate for Ohio’s highest office should she decided to just do it.
What her run for chief executive would mean to the Ohio Democratic Party and its current leadership, insiders […]Full Story... →