Kasich’s budget keeps getting hits in the State media over education funding.  Gone is any more consideration of Kasich’s entirely false claim that he was “boosting” state funding.  But on top of that, today, Kasich released another document showing his war on teacher’s union doesn’t begin and end with SB 5.

Today, the Columbus Dispatch writes about the sucker punch that is Kasich’s tax reimbursement raids on schools.   You see that small video we’ve had off the right that compares Kasich’s ads to his budget?  Yeah, it’s wrong.  We understated how much Kasich is cutting funding for the Columbus City School District… by $3 million.  The Dispatch has a district by district breakdown of how Kasich’s budget impacts the surrounding county school districts.

It was enough to lead to this editorial  cartoon in today’s Dispatch:

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer today released their own one-stop school funding document that shows a district-by-district breakdown on the impact of Kasich’s budget.

Today, Governor Kasich finally released the promised fifth book concerning the State budget called the “Reform Book.”  Although this book isn’t required by statute and is largely self-promotional, it provides an easier to digest summary of the budget than pouring through the statutory language… that Kasich didn’t release until two days ago. 

You have to wonder if Kasich intentionally withheld the release of this book until the debate on SB 5 was over in the General Assembly.  On page 9 of the book, the Kasich Administration talks about creating “Innovation Schools” and “Innovation School Districts.”  What are those?

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Why a way to let schools cancel out their collective bargaining agreements, of course!  How… innovative.

Then on page 14, regarding school choice, the Administration announces another change:

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This on top of Kasich’s banning of the payment of the prevailing wage in university contracts and any construction funded, in part, by an Ohio Department of Development grant… oh, and then there’s his charter university proposal, too.

Nope, no war on unions here!

In the end, Kasich’s budget continues to contradict his rhetoric the more and more we learn about it.  He cares more about keeping union school teachers out of classrooms than he does putting more money into them.  It’s just that simple.

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  • Tarfam325

    How will he explain, when he makes these DRASTIC cuts under the guise of ELIMINATING the power of unions…that the LOCAL governments will still have to HONOR all EXISTING contracts, (many of which will not expire until between 2013 and 2015) and that the LIMITS of this bill cannot be ENFORCED until the current contracts expire while he RAIDS the LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUND and leaves them reeling as they struggle to continue to pay the terms of the existing contracts with the SIGNIFICANTLY DECREASED funding that the Governor has proposed in his budget??? But he cares about easing the burden of the local governments and wants to get the state back on track as his budget proposes and ADDITIONAL $5 BILLION of NEW SPENDING…NONE of which will actually go to the local governments as he TAKES their protected funds away. .. but will be diverted to the people who run charter and private schools who backed his campaign and who he is now calling on to continue to support him in his fight to get Ohio back on track???

  • Tarfam325

    How will he explain, when he makes these DRASTIC cuts under the guise of ELIMINATING the power of unions…that the LOCAL governments will still have to HONOR all EXISTING contracts, (many of which will not expire until between 2013 and 2015) and that the LIMITS of this bill cannot be ENFORCED until the current contracts expire while he RAIDS the LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUND and leaves them reeling as they struggle to continue to pay the terms of the existing contracts with the SIGNIFICANTLY DECREASED funding that the Governor has proposed in his budget??? But he cares about easing the burden of the local governments and wants to get the state back on track as his budget proposes and ADDITIONAL $5 BILLION of NEW SPENDING…NONE of which will actually go to the local governments as he TAKES their protected funds away. .. but will be diverted to the people who run charter and private schools who backed his campaign and who he is now calling on to continue to support him in his fight to get Ohio back on track???

  • Annekarima

    Is there anything to guarantee someone will not run off with the funds as in embezzle, leaving the teachers not getting paid? And the schools going under?
    It sounds like a mess waiting to happen.

  • Anonymous

    Funny how the biggest state cuts go to Democratic districts and the smallest cuts go to Republican districts. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.

  • Portia A. Boulger

    The people will WIN. Get ready to hit the streets armed with a clipboard, pen, and referendum petition. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!

  • Portia A. Boulger

    NEXT, the initiative to add recall rights to Ohio’s Constitution for State level elected officials.

  • Anonymous

    I noticed this too. It is sort of like overkill because he is punishing the unionized teachers, and while he is at it, he thinks he should also punish the voters in that pro-Democratic area. With this bill, Kasich has grabbed power away from local school boards, parents, and the PTA. Soon he’ll be dictating that “intelligent design” will have to be taught in public school science classes.

  • Carrieee4

    I could say all that you all are saying however, I am not going to let him take MY POWER from me by moaning and groaning about what he is doing. That is just a waste of MY TIME!He did what he did and he will continue to do what he wants I am not going to dwell on him, I will instead work through this by campaigning for the referendum collecting names for the petition and educating all I can. I will now and I never thought I would say this but I will now go to my local Democratic office and say What can I do for you? I will then do what I can. Kasich has helped me realize that no longer can I let politicians (Rep) take MY POWER from me. Are you going to let him take YOUR POWER from you? Think about it.

  • Carrieee4

    I could say all that you all are saying however, I am not going to let him take MY POWER from me by moaning and groaning about what he is doing. That is just a waste of MY TIME!He did what he did and he will continue to do what he wants I am not going to dwell on him, I will instead work through this by campaigning for the referendum collecting names for the petition and educating all I can. I will now and I never thought I would say this but I will now go to my local Democratic office and say What can I do for you? I will then do what I can. Kasich has helped me realize that no longer can I let politicians (Rep) take MY POWER from me. Are you going to let him take YOUR POWER from you? Think about it.

  • dlw

    And when you do read through the statutory language for the innovation schools/districts… wow. What a joke.

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