Now that the dust is clearing from the faculty strike at Wright State University in Dayton, let’s to take a look at what happened. A tentative agreement was reached on Feb. 10.

Faculty at WSU went on strike on Jan. 22 and finally settled three weeks later. It was the longest academic strike in Ohio history and apparently the second longest in the country. The faculty union at Wright State is a chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). As the Wright State faculty continually, and correctly repeated, this strike was not about money. It was about quality […]

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What’s Next For UA?

On February 21, 2019 By

The University of Akron’s acting President John Green recently revived the school’s  report card  that has been a troubling story for too long.  In his State of the University address, Green, who has a been at the helm since last April , soberly observed  that the downtown  campus has been an academic center in decline from plunging enrollment,  weighty debt and a lack of a sustaining  can-do mission that’s hardly encouraging. Given its recent woeful history, it’s doubtful that both its true state of despair and ragged image will be be reversed anytime soon.

Green is a political scientist who […]

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“It ain’t over till it’s over,” Lawrence Peter Berra famously told us years ago. And if the topic is Republican behavior in the form of hatred for all things government, including targeting public employees for retribution and engineering government shutdowns, Yogi said it for us.

No, It ain’t over. Not by a long shot.

Welcome to another variant of PTSD – this one called Petulant Trump Shutdown Disaster.

During the 35-day government shutdown, we’ve seen any number of emotional interviews with forlorn furloughed federal employees and contractors. A tearful and frightened cook at the Smithsonian worried about losing his home. […]

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Pad lightly, Wilbur

On January 28, 2019 By

I’ve been poking around the post-shutdown comments to get a greater understanding of how the commander-in-chief’s brain-locked base reacted to his retreat from demanding big money for his storied wall. The tense body language of his apologists told me that they are struggling to make sense of their favorite president.

They have been squirming.   Making lame excuses.  Some even abandoning their faith that he would indeed Make America Great Again on the backs of brown-skinned terrorists.  It was ugly and the polls reflected the despair.

The twiggish and loopy Ann Coulter, for example, who […]

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Public Education Partners (PEP) is hosting the second annual Public Education Celebration in the Statehouse on January 24. This notable event is open to the public. Public school personnel are encouraged to attend. You are invited to CELEBRATE PUBLIC EDUCATION! In honor of Public Education Week in Ohio, as proclaimed by elected officials to be January 20-26, 2019, “Go Public” with Public Education Partners (PEP.) Join us as we shine the light on students and teachers from our public school districts as they share their talents at the Statehouse. When: January 24, 2019 Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Where: […]

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Can we now agree that Donald Trump’s cancellation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s flight on a military aircraft to Afghanistan was a grounded “Hail Mary”  that solved nothing more than to satisfy his own ego against THAT WOMAN?

We should understand that Trump has never had to suffer a female opponent in which cash was not an important element. His only commitment since moving into the Oval Office was to advance his notions of a White (Guy) House without any threat to his universal power.

And as we have seen, he has again overestimated his assumed manly authority:  Pelosi is […]

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You have to hand it to Republicans. They know how to play hardball and show their deftness in navigating that Potomac swamp they’ve not yet bothered to drain.

How appropriate that a former attorney general, the very guy who previously showed his expertise in crafting presidential pardons has, in the heightening Trump-Russia investigation, been chosen to be the next attorney general. What timing. How coincidental.

The nomination of William Barr to be the next attorney general has raised controversy because of his previously expressed strong views about the Mueller investigation. In fact, some have suggested that the 19-page memo […]

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Let’s admit it. We’ve all had severe cases of writers’s block in our lives. Yes, not only in school, when that big paper was due but later, as adults, when we struggled in penning a letter to someone when we were uncomfortable with the task.

It’s been a while, but writer’s block has also afflicted me in one particular way. Big time.

In order to remedy this ailment, I’m making another attempt to rid myself of a very specific type of writer’s block, viz., how to compose a piece that will convey something very positive about Donald Trump.

Sure, […]

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Although tasked with policing Ohio’s executive branch, Inspector General Randall Meyer failed to investigate Ohio chief executive John Kasich for wasting millions of dollars on IQ Innovations, a company owned by embattled ECOT founder and mega-GOP donor William Lager.

Kasich’s first state budget paved the way for IQ to receive more than $5 million in state money for an online clearinghouse of textbooks and other instructional material. The state called the project iLearnOhio and gave Ohio State University and the Ohio Board of Regents responsibility for it. The clearinghouse never worked properly – but that didn’t matter.

IQ had a […]

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Two recent developments, one a U.S. Senate committee report, the other newly signed legislation directing Ohio schools to offer instruction in cursive handwriting, provide a contrast in examining public policy and how our future societal needs are addressed. A look at each of these events offers some ideas about the direction we might be headed as a state and nation.

On December 16, the Washington Post published a story on the Senate Intelligence Committee report about the scope of Russian assault on our democratic process. In particular, the investigation focused on how a hostile foreign power manipulated the thinking of […]

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