The Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com Editorial Board on Sunday went off on ECOT and the politicians who let the e-charter school bilk taxpayers out of $80 million.

“All of this could have been avoided if the state had been watchful and responsive from the start, when ECOT opened in 2000. Unfortunately, the state waited until 2016. And when it finally got serious about looking behind the curtain? It found more than the school’s already evident record of poor academic performance. It discovered nothing less than financial fraud,” the board wrote in the scathing editorial.

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Counting Trump’s Blessings

On January 23, 2018 By

Did you enjoy your fun-filled government shutdown that cost Donald Trump a weekend on his golf course and royal sit-down dinner with friends? He was back in his Washington office sporting his white cap while he presidentially called people. Hard at work, his staffers told us, as Trump Americana was being rejected around the world.

Veep Mike Pence, a white force field at the rostrum, was greeted by a stone-cold audience led by Jordan and Palestine, which were stunned by  Trump’s decision to move our embassy to Jerusalem.

Back to the Oval Office. The Rev. Franklin Graham, annual $622,000 varsity […]

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It looks like the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is in fact yesterday’s school.

A long nightmare lasting nearly two decades appears to be over. ECOT, the notorious online charter school, has been suspended by its sponsor and is shutting down, although the appointment of a special master will delay the liquidation of its assets in the short term.

When the official last rites for ECOT are concluded, the online school’s remnants will be piled on top of the rest of the other charter school rubble, a junkyard contained in a swamp filled with the […]

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The woman’s voice distracted me from viewing the coming attractions on the big screen in the darkened movie theater. She spoke while sitting down in the soft, red leather recliner, the last seat to be filled in the next-to-last row of the crowded film venue.

“I wonder what the average age of the audience is here?” she asked, while looking closely at the group eagerly awaiting the start of the feature. “At least sixty,” I replied. “You’ve been reading my mind.” We both enjoyed a good laugh as we settled in to see this long-anticipated and very timely film, knowing […]

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The Ohio Democratic Party issued a press release Thursday evening slamming Ohio Republican politicians who enabled the ECOT scandal to get out of hand, and calling on politicians who received donations from the private, for-profit charter school while failing to hold ECOT accountable to donate those donations to public schools.

The release is shared below:

The news tonight that the Electronic Classroom Of Tomorrow is likely shutting down Friday marks a shameful end for the corrupt e-charter whose schoolchildren and families will now face chaos and uncertainty mid-year as a result of ECOT’s […]

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Ohio is now considering establishing work requirements for its Medicaid program. The Trump administration took steps last week to make this possible, issuing new guidelines for states. Notably, the new guidelines draw on provisions of the Affordable Care Act that were intended to help states expand Medicaid. In paving the way for restricting access to Medicaid, they pervert the intent of those provisions.

Requiring more Medicaid eligibles to work might sound like a sensible idea on the surface. Of course, it’s important to listen to the arguments of those who believe that many Medicaid recipients could work […]

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Well, we got an early glance of Donald Trump’s preferred choice as the candidate for the U.S. Senate in Ohio this year. It’s Rep. Jim Renacci, the former Republican mayor of Wadsworth who would be the first to tell you on the campaign trail that he is a successful businessman. (A millionaire, and then some.)

Alas, the timing of the coming-out announcement by Renacci – one of Trump’s earliest and most conservative surrogates, to challenge incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown – couldn’t have been worse. It managed to find its way tucked into the global reports of how the president’s scandalous […]

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Is it a stretch to suggest that President Trump is now preparing America for new rounds of ethnic cleansing?
The record clearly tells us that it is not a stretch. Particularly after his crude unhinged outburst in a bipartisan White House meeting on immigration.

He questioned immigration from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole” countries and called for more welcoming immigration policy for countries like Norway. Oh, racial as well as ethnic, white vs. color.

He is seriously threatening the expulsion of 200,000 Salvadorans who have no legal standing even though they’ve been here for 15 years.

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When A Laugh Is Unstoppable

On January 14, 2018 By

I struggle not to laugh. I tell myself that the condition is too serious to laugh. That the soul of democracy is at stake. That people should not be exposed by the minute to a clownish hulk in the Oval Office who by actual count by fact checkers has already told 2,000 lies in his first year but responds that America’s libel laws are a shameful “disgrace” because his critics get away with so much..

I struggle not to laugh at the incoherence of an American president. But I then find myself laughing when he responds to a question by […]

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Former U.S. Congressman and candidate for Ohio Auditor of State Zack Space today released the following statement following reports that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) may permanently close as soon as next week:

“From the beginning, the true victims of the ECOT farce have been Ohio children. The reports that ECOT may permanently close will again harm those same children, whose educational future is now unclear. No Ohio child or their family should ever know that fear and uncertainty. I am hopeful that the General Assembly, the Ohio Department […]

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