From the daily archives: Sunday, March 27, 2011

One of the big “reforms” in Senate Bill 5 is the elimination of existing minimum pay scales for teachers. It also does away with pay increases based on experience. The original version of SB5 replaced experience-based raises with a poorly defined merit-based pay requirement. And the bill that finally passed the Senate had been amended to include a set of “performance measures” that may seem to be slightly less biased but turn out to be just as confusing, possibly harder to interpret and, if passed into law, will be nearly impossible to implement without setting off a landslide of legal […]

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This week, Sen. Tim Grendell (R-Tea Party), finally got one of his pet grandstanding ideas passed: banning the use of stimulus dollars to pay for signs identifying the use of stimulus dollars. Does it matter that the signs have already been made? No. Does it matter that GOP critics have often complained about a lack of transparency in ARRA spending? No. Does it matter that Kasich was inaugurated on a Monday and state workers had put his name on the freeway welcome signs by Friday? Does it matter that this has nothing to do with creating jobs […]

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As Brian reported on Friday, SB5 is scheduled for amendments and a possible committee vote in the House on Tuesday. We don’t have a list of the proposed amendments yet – most likely there will be some kind of concessions to the police and fire unions and a reworking of the binding arbitration replacement proposed in the senate bill – but I can guarantee you this: teacher will still be getting screwed in this bill.

John Kasich promised “to break the backs of organized labor in the schools” during the campaign. And so far he’s doing his damnedest to […]

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Case Wester Reserve School of Law revealed last week that Bradley Smith was on the short list for consideration as the school’s new dean. The announcement has sparked opposition including the creation of a website called which claims Smith has “long advocated for extremist views”.

As an anti-campaign finance activist and the former head of the FEC, Smith has admitted to waging “long-term ideological warfare” on campaign finance rules and, according to the New York Times, has been successful in his efforts to “roll back Watergate-era campaign finance restrictions through attacks in Congress, in the courts, at the […]

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The Columbus Dispatch did something it hadn’t done so far in the SB 5 debate, it finally found something to criticize the Republicans for considering: letting voters break union/management negotiation impasses.  It apparently is that this idea was being considered more seriously than I realized.  The only reason the Dispatch would write this editorial is if the House GOP hadn’t abandoned the idea already.

As we discussed early last week, the Republicans are struggling to find something to replace binding arbitration.  And those struggles apparently continue.  Yesterday, the Dispatch gave what has so far been the only real […]

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