From the daily archives: Friday, April 8, 2011

During hearings last week Barbara Mattei-Smith, Kasich’s Assistant Policy Director for Education, told legislators that Kasich has big plans for his school funding formula :

“The governor has told me that we will have a new formula at the end of this year and it will be the best formula in the country.”

Ms. Mattei-Smith wasn’t able to provide any more details regarding the plan except to say that Kasich promised her it would be totally awesome. Seriously. You have to find that laughable.

Not only is it pretty remarkable that Kasich’s Policy Director for Education has no details about […]

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The Columbus Dispatch reported this morning that Powell Christian School, the elementary school that Kasich’s daughters attend is closing due to declining enrollment and budgetary issues.  More specifically:

Like other private and parochial schools, Worthington Christian receives some state money, which is used for tutoring and textbooks and other educational materials, Bookheimer said.

The current two-year state budget enacted during Gov. Ted Strickland’s administration cut funding to private schools. Now, Worthington Christian "may be impacted by a decrease in state money" under Kasich’s proposed budget and also faces declining enrollment, Bookheimer said.

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Joe Vardon, the Dispatch’s new political reporter, is turning out to be a pretty good addition to the team.

Don’t get me wrong: I still completely disagree with almost everything the Dispatch produces in terms of editorials. And the editorial staff responsible for writing headlines never misses a chance to showcase their Republican bias. But Joe’s reporting, so far, has turned out to be pretty balanced.

Take for example today’s article about school funding.

If you were to believe the editor-created headline for the article, then you would think Kasich’s latest “proposal would save schools $229 million”. But if […]

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