Despite nearly unanimous support by its employees, Menlo Park Academy, a K-8 charter school in Cleveland, Ohio, is ignoring the right of those employees to form a union.

In a press release from the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT), the actions of the Menlo Park administration are detailed and include anti-union letters to all staff members that include misinformation and are meant to spread fear among the members about the consequences of unionizing.

Despite the underhanded efforts of the administration, 96% of eligible employees supported forming the union and signed union authorization cards which were then […]

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Stand Your Ground, Teachers?

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Noticeably absent from Ohio House Bill 99 – the “Let’s Arm Teachers” bill is any clarification on the “rules of engagement” as to when an educator might utilize the handgun that is on their person.

While the majority of the argument centers around the concept of a school shooter, state laws that apply to self-defense outside of a school setting definitely muddy the waters.

First of all, I would never want a teacher to ever be faced with the prospect of having to say “I shot my student”.  Such a circumstance of shooting someone is devastating enough for […]

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When State Representative Thomas Hall introduced Ohio House Bill 99, he made it quite clear what the purpose was – to arm teachers:

My bill is quite simple. Educators should have the ability to carry firearms in the classroom to protect students and staff. In my bill, we simply give local control to allow for the local school boards and local governing bodies to decide what amount of training is necessary to allow teachers to carry a firearm in a school safety zone.

Over the course of six hearings at the Ohio House, testimony was heard […]

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With guns, that is, not intellectual freedom.       

Ohio House Bill 99 seeks to put firearms in the hands of under-trained individuals and put those individuals in schools across the state of Ohio. Technically the bill doesn’t say “firearms”, but instead “authorize the person to convey or possess deadly weapons or dangerous ordnance into a school safety zone…”

Deadly weapons and school safety – oxymoronic, no?

To say that the individuals would be under-trained is a dramatic understatement. Under the bill, initial training “must not exceed” 20 hours. It literally puts a cap on the amount […]

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Suspicious fires at two different properties owned by GOP candidate for State Representative are under investigation.

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Some descriptive statements may seem political when they are, in fact, merely stubborn truths. Such is the case with the fact that the contemporary Republican party, at least on the federal level, lacks both the ideas and the will to improve American health care. To be sure, Republicans take positions all the time that will dramatically impact Americans’ health, and in important ways. But those impacts are ancillary, mere collateral damage in wars being waged in the other policy domains, such as concerned with taxes and guns.

Let’s be clear about the present situation. In 2016, the Republican party lined […]

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Ugh is right. Are we back in 1968 again?

In a way.

As Americans try to comprehend the magnitude of all that has transpired in the past week, I can only wish that history could repeat itself, a half-century after a profound personal experience that my memory links to current events.

The setting back then was Lafayette Square, the prime parkland just north of the White House. As Maurice Chevalier once put it, ah yes, I remember it well – but with a bit more precise recall than the Frenchman’s famous retelling.

Those powerful images this week of the […]

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“Golf is a good walk spoiled” is an observation attributed to but apparently not uttered by Mark Twain. Aside from a good walk, a similar effect of something being spoiled is felt when you finish reading a great book about the history of Ohio and then read a jarring quote in a newspaper article, a word choice frequently used to demean one of the state’s treasured assets.

That’s the feeling I had when I completed David McCullough’s latest book, The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West and then read an article […]

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A little more than twenty years ago, the buzz among cinephiles was that there was something about Mary. Today, the buzz heard not so much among moviegoers but by knowledgeable politophobes seems to be that, without a doubt, there’s something about Andy.

Big time.

And that something? How can you be even more radioactive than a transmitter of Covid-19?

The big difference in that observation is that people who have fallen victim to the coronavirus did not choose that status. But there is one Ohio politician who, consistent with his political and other personal beliefs, has chosen self-detonation and, now, […]

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As we confront these dangerous times and attempt to deal with our current state of anxiety, the haunting words of the classic spiritual Whispering Hope and the soothing voice of Willie Nelson come to mind:

Wait, till the darkness is over
Wait, till the tempest is done
Hope, for the sunshine tomorrow
After the darkness is gone.

In sorting through this, the Chinese appear to be ahead of us in getting to the reflective stage. An AP story with a Wuhan dateline offered a preview of where this country might be in a few months as […]

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