The central argument in the ECOT lawsuit attempting to block the Ohio Department of Education from auditing the charter school’s attendance is the claim that ECOT is not required to track login information for the students, but is simply required to “offer” students opportunities to log in and learn.

The school claims that an old contract with ODE stipulates this requirement for funding purposes.  The school’s contract with their sponsor, however, contains language that states that ECOT’s attendance policy is that students will be engaged in learning for five hours per day and five days per week, meaning that the […]

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Readers might want to label this tale of Statehouse antics as just more of the same. On second thought, maybe it could be a reminder for being careful about what you wish for in life.

A state senator known for his aggressive style in questioning individuals at hearings acted as the “hired gun” for Republicans in a meeting on August 22 to review new charter school administrative rules prepared by the Ohio Department of Education.  He was not shy in flexing his muscles in the fight between Republicans and ODE over reforming the state’s scandal-ridden and poorly performing charters.

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Plunderbund was the only media sanctioned to be in courtroom 23B of the 10th District Court of Appeals in downtown Columbus Thursday, to hear and record presentations in the case of Earl v OEC.

Despite being unsuccessful so far, starting at the Ohio Elections Commission, it makes a compelling argument that Gov. John Kasich’s reelection campaign, the state Republican Party and other political operatives, especially Terry Casey, a long-time political friend and ally of the governor, coordinated political activity for the purpose of eliminating The Libertarian Party of Ohio’s 2014 candidate for governor from the ballot through activities centered on […]

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I don’t criticize Ohio tag-along Sen. Rob Portman for being a Republican. I’ve known some Democrats over the many years who were worse.

No, my problem with Portman is that he is a hypocrite-in-chief.

The other night ,for example, there he was in a TV commercial tryng to make waves inside of a big workplace wearing a prescribed white hardhat and jeans, a big smile, and seemingly in his casual comfort zone with whoever the guys were who were standing next to him. The commercial was again blasting his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland, for losing 350,000 jobs.(The senator’s […]

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New reports emerged overnight about the new head of the Trump for President Campaign, Steve Bannon, who formerly ran the racist and sexist Breitbart News website. According to the New York Times, in 1996 Bannon was alleged to have roughed up his wife and smashed her phone when she tried to call police during an argument.

There’s a lot to this story, including this allegation that Bannon threatened his wife to get her to drop the charges, and apparently refused to marry her until 3 days before the birth of their twins, insisting on waiting to make sure the babies were “normal” […]

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Trump Rigging His Candidacy?

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David Prentice, executive secretary treasurer of the Tri–County Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO, raised a valid question at an outdoor gathering of Democrats this week that I didn’t see reported anywhere. One of several speakers assembled on the county headquarters lawn to criticize Donald Trump’s refusal to release his 2015 income tax returns, Prentice referred to the Republican candidate’s excuse that they were being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.

Prentice then wondered why Trump didn’t release his 2014 returns. ”That should have been a done deal,” he told me later,

Indeed, it should have been. But not if the billionaire […]

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I nearly executed a perfect spit-take of my Cheerios Saturday morning when I heard Donald Trump’s pitch to black voters to support him because, apparently, why not?

“You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed — what the hell do you have to lose?”

Did I just hear that? Did Donald Trump just tell black people that they are poor, unemployed, poorly educated and they’ve got nothing to lose by voting for him? Tone-deaf doesn’t begin to describe it.

Then I realized, no, he didn’t tell black people that. He […]

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Reporters on a conference call Tuesday with noted African-American leaders, heard Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump roundly criticized for demeaning communities of color, including at a stop in Akron on Monday.

From calling Mexicans “rapists” to painting African Americans as lazy to refusing to disavow his white supremacist supporters, leaders on the call, including Ohio Congressman Marcia Fudge, took issue with Donald Trump’s pattern of degrading communities of color.

Organized by Hillary for America, the press call included Congressman G.K. Butterfield (NC), Congressman Greg Meeks (NY), Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY), Congressman Luis Gutierrez (IL), New York City Council Speaker Melissa […]

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Mainstream media almost always botches monthly job reports, focusing on the unemployment rate with little or no context added.

Plunderbund has been the lone voice, daring month in and month out, to report what other media won’t, that Ohio under Gov. John Kasich hasn’t been able to meet or beat the national job creation average for 43 straight months. As reported here, even the well-respected W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University ranks Ohio in the bottom half of states on various job metrics.

Year-over-year, Ohio ranks 28 in private job creation. In a 12-month moving average […]

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Leave it to a book club discussion about The Great Recession to make you start thinking about things other than financial crashes. Like charter schools, for example.

That’s what happened when our group assembled recently to discuss Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises, former Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner’s book about the implosion of financial markets at the end of the George W. Bush administration.  Geithner defines a stress test as the result of when “Regulators would delve into the books of major financial firms to calculate how much additional capital they would need to survive.”

There was […]

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