Two lengthy bills have been introduced in the Ohio House that seek to implement significant changes once again to educational practices across the state.

House Bill 176 had its first hearing in the Ohio House Education and Career Readiness Committee on May 16, and House Bill 181 gets its first hearing this coming Tuesday, May 23, in the same committee (click on image above).

The two bills have many similarities, so it’s curious that Chair Andrew Brenner is giving the bills separate hearings in the committee, especially considering they […]

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The GREAT Scholarship
Ohio’s first city-sponsored scholarship program in Green picks up where state has fallen short

It is no secret that investing in a highly skilled workforce is becoming the most important factor in whether companies choose to locate somewhere, with 90 percent of economic development organizations in one February survey identifying that delivering a skilled workforce is more important in the site selection process. The business community recognizes this key to future economic development, applauding especially New York State’s commitment to making two-year and four-year state colleges free for students as long as they remain […]

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Taxpayer Dollars Must Not Be Wasted On Failing Charter Schools
by State Representative David Leland

I introduced HB 220 to improve charter school transparency and accountability by permitting the state auditor to track all taxpayer money received by the private, for-profit schools. I did this to shine a light on how charter schools spend taxpayer dollars, which has become even more critical after the ruling last week that ECOT, Ohio’s largest, failing online charter school, misappropriated at least $60 million in taxpayer funds by falsely inflating student attendance.

Ohio taxpayers deserve a full and complete accounting for every one […]

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Ohio’s move to expand Medicaid has been a critical factor in helping local efforts to prevent and reduce homelessness, according to a new report released today by the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio’s (COHHIO).

The COHHIO report found that Medicaid covered only 36 percent of single adults accessing homeless services in 2013 in 83 of Ohio’s 88 counties. By 2016, two years after the state expanded Medicaid eligibility to adults with no dependent children, that percentage had increased to 80.2 percent.

Increased Medicaid coverage coincided with a significant decrease in the rate of homelessness in Ohio. […]

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The odds are no better than even that Trump will be president at the end of this year. I don’t say that lightly because I’m cautious by nature. But I also trust my instincts and they tell me Trump’s closer to the cliff than even the most virulent anti-Trumpers think. My reasoning is simple. Trump’s gotten himself into enough trouble that his presidency won’t survive without a bare-knuckled brawl. However, he’s a bully and like all bullies, he’ll back down from a real fight. He’ll resign.

I reached that conclusion on the morning of May 17 as I listened to […]

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At some point in President Trump’s furiously pious commencement speech at Liberty University it was easy to imagine Hollywood film clips from the Roman colosseum projected on a screen behind his pulpit for the special day. Read: Beasts mauling Christians to the delight of spectators seeking a diversion from their otherwise boring lives.

It also was an escape for Trump from the terrible real world around him to remind his appreciative audience of adulatory evangelicals to be intensely aware of the persecution of Christians whenever two or more of the faithless had joined for coffee. Chaos in the White […]

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State Sen. Frank LaRose, the Hudson Republican, has sent out a press release commending himself for taking a hard stand on voter fraud.

OK. It’s not unusual for lawmakers to issue selfies bragging to their constituents that they are feverishly at work in the interest of protecting democracy, even when LaRose does not hesitate to concede that voter fraud is “rare”. But senator, did you really have to begin your prepared statement by applauding President Trump for “his leadership establishing a commission on election integrity”?

By now, it’s been clearly established that Trump lied when he complained that he lost […]

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A hearing officer ruled against ECOT last week, however this political powerhouse has brawny allies in all branches of state government

ECOT appealed the results of the recent enrollment/student participation audit by the Ohio Department of Education to the State Board of Education. The State Board appointed a hearing officer to hear the audit matter. On May 10, the hearing officer ruled against ECOT. The matter will be decided by the State Board in June. If ECOT loses, it may appeal the State Board’s decision in court. Don’t count them out.

ECOT is everywhere. Rally at the Statehouse. Lobbyists […]

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Last week’s ECOT rally backfired, but some state officials are still rallying behind this political campaign funding-driven machine. The May 16 Dispatch editorial seems to imply that the ECOT rally was not impressive. ECOT is marketing, lobbying and litigating to gain approval to lock in revenue streams for students even if they don’t participate-the equivalent of funding empty classrooms. Now that the ECOT scam has been exposed to the public, the political grip of the ECOT Man may be loosening. But don’t count ECOT out. It only takes one legislator to insert an ECOT-friendly amendment into a […]

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In a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday afternoon by the UCLA School of Law and an Ohio attorney, three Ohio-based Plaintiffs are challenging a recently enacted Ohio law (HB 151, 131st GA) that purports to criminalize constitutionally protected political and other expression on the Internet on First and Fourteenth Amendment grounds.

Eugene Volokh of the Scott & Cyan Banister First Amendment Clinic UCLA School of Law and Raymond V. Vasvari, Jr. of Cleveland will represent Tom Zawistowski, on behalf on the The Portage County TEA Party, Inc., Joseph Mismas, on behalf of Plunderbund LLC, […]

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