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.

The school this year had an operational deficit of $205,000.  They’re projecting that increases to more than $225,000 thanks to Kasich’s budget.  (Luckily, the Kasich girls are set to leave the school next year anyways because they’re moving up to intermediate school.)

I, for one, blame the damn teacher unions there.  Free market and all that.

In all seriousness though, this kind of disruption in a child’s education that is caused by volatile “fly-by-night” private schools is precisely what’s wrong with the for-profit charter school system where there’s even more instability.  And yet, Kasich’s budget rewards them even though the charter school system, as a whole, underperforms the public school system as a whole in Ohio.

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  • Wow.. so will his daughters be going to charter schools now, since they’re so awesome and stuff?

  • >>In all seriousness, though this kind of distribution in a child’s education that is caused by a volatile “fly-by-night” private schools is precisely what’s wrong with the for-profit charter school system where there’s even more instability.

    Huh? “though?” “distribution?”

    I’ve tried to read this at least 4 times and can’t figure it out. Wanna try again?

  • >>In all seriousness, though this kind of distribution in a child’s education that is caused by a volatile “fly-by-night” private schools is precisely what’s wrong with the for-profit charter school system where there’s even more instability.

    Huh? “though?” “distribution?”

    I’ve tried to read this at least 4 times and can’t figure it out. Wanna try again?

  • dlw

    Read “disruption” in place of “distribution” and you’ll get his point. And either ignore “though” or mentally move the comma. Got it now?

  • Anonymous

    I cleaned it up for you. Geez… you know, it’s not like I get PAID for this stuff and sometimes I’ve only got a few minutes to put something together.

  • Annekarima

    Modern, that money in those charter schools will disappear faster than the hands they try to bite. We will see how long this sham lasts.

  • Well, he doesn’t care – he has no more use for keeping the school open since he doesn’t need it for his children any longer. This is a person who has not shown a bit of consideration or care for others, only pushing his personal agenda. I’m glad at least it’s all becoming more obvious to those who *do* need the services he’s cutting…maybe people will get off their cans and vote.

  • dlw

    You’re just too used to having a paralegal/legal secretary proofread everything you do. 😉

  • Anonymous

    This is the perfect example of ideology: when you’re so obsessed with an idea that it is impossible for you to see the consequences of that idea. It is the same as addiction. You will dismiss any evidence to the contrary, even if it makes sense.

    That’s why I can’t talk to Tea Partiers. It’s like trying to reason with an addict.

  • Florence1234

    The comma came after the word though, not before it as you wrote. The word was disruption, not distribution, as you wrote. Maybe you should try again.

  • Anonymous

    Who said it had anything to do with SB 5? Nobody.

  • Anonymous

    Um, the union line was sarcastic snark, folks…. c’mon.

  • Anonymous

    I know they don’t belong to unions. It was a sarcastic remark on Kasich’s standard as to why schools have budget problems. C’mon folks.

  • Anonymous

    I miss having staff. 🙁

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    OK! so now they can move to the Mansion and save us that extra OSP protection….
    Way to go — so hes putting how many teachers out of jobs?
    Isnt this the opposite of what hes suppose to be doing —
    well they can always apply for the TFA
    Wonder how they will vote next time ??

  • dlw

    What happened to people’s sense of humor? Or maybe they just never had one…..

  • dlw

    Didn’t even think of the mansion. Nah. No doubt they’ll be enrolled in a school that requires a move to yet another house that we the taxpayers will have to pay to “enhance”.

  • guest

    Time for some home-schooling since his wife stays at home right? Good, we pay enough for him and hisrotten family to be protected.

  • guest

    Excuse me… I thought this was the anti-SB5 site…. silly me……….. Should have known it was a hate-republican site….

  • Annekarima

    I knew that.

  • Plunderbund has been covering Ohio politics from a progressive viewpoint since 2005. Long before SB5. And long after.

  • Anonymous

    No…it is the treat people with human decency and respect site….we just aren’t seeing that from many Republicans anymore.

  • Anastasjoy

    I hope David Brennan is saving two desks for Emma and Reese at one of his outstanding White Hat charter schools.

  • Anastasjoy

    I hope David Brennan is saving two desks for Emma and Reese at one of his outstanding White Hat charter schools.

  • oh ya David Brennan and his charter schools are soooooo wonderful. I just love getting his students back. NOT.

  • Problem is that the people who I see going to charter schools are the low income who get the vouchers. They blame public schools for their child’s poor behavior and their (the parents lack of support.) They bounce from school to school blaming everyone else.Tthen they believe the hype about charter schools and move on to them (the charter schools) only to find out they are worse or they won’t put up with the child’s behavior or poor school work. Then the student comes back to us worse than when they left. Get rid of the for profit bull shit and just let public schools do what we need to do! Let the parents know that we are not there to tear their child down that if we say there is a problem, there is. Help us find a solution instead of running from school to school and then charter schools and back.

  • Anonymous

    This is a very interesting point. No one seems to give a shit about the DeRolph case anymore, but just as an academic question consider this:

    DeRolph declared Ohio’s public school funding mechanism unconstitutional specifically because the state relies on local property taxes.

    The Governor of Ohio crafts a state budget that not only fails to relieve this unconstitutional burden, but actually makes it worse. He FORCES Ohio schools to behave in an even MORE unconstitutional way by relying even more heavily on the tax levies that DeRolph declared illegal.

    Are there degrees of unconstitutionality? Can you make unconstitutionality worse? Dunno.

    If you can, it would be easy to prove this budget is illegal, right? I mean, if Kasich structured his budget in such a way that it FORCED schools to increase segregation, wouldn’t that be illegal?

    I hope this makes sense. Any constitutional lawyers around? Precedent? Maybe I’m nuts.

  • Anonymous

    This is a very interesting point. No one seems to give a shit about the DeRolph case anymore, but just as an academic question consider this:

    DeRolph declared Ohio’s public school funding mechanism unconstitutional specifically because the state relies on local property taxes.

    The Governor of Ohio crafts a state budget that not only fails to relieve this unconstitutional burden, but actually makes it worse. He FORCES Ohio schools to behave in an even MORE unconstitutional way by relying even more heavily on the tax levies that DeRolph declared illegal.

    Are there degrees of unconstitutionality? Can you make unconstitutionality worse? Dunno.

    If you can, it would be easy to prove this budget is illegal, right? I mean, if Kasich structured his budget in such a way that it FORCED schools to increase segregation, wouldn’t that be illegal?

    I hope this makes sense. Any constitutional lawyers around? Precedent? Maybe I’m nuts.

  • Tpiteo65

    Now that he cant use his childrens schools as an excuse to stay at his own residence in westerville, will his ROYAL HIGHN-ASS now move into the governors mansion and REFUND ALL THAT MONEY THAT HE STOLE from the state to upgrade his private residance in westerville. Its all about the budget JOHNNY BOY!

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    I also have given this thought…I am thinking he will yet come up with new legislation that will cause us to have the same thing again .
    It concerns me about all the privitizing schemes ,too.
    This will not keep them from bring in private companies to take state jobs.
    Thats all TFA is –a privately funded teaching system to come into schools and replace “older” teachers that he will undoubtly say arent qualified.
    If anyone has looked up their site these people get compensated in ways our teachers dont.( I also know that these young teachers are fooled and sent to some sad places)
    We need that recall legislation up for votes………….

  • Anonymous

    SB5 and Kasich are salvaging jobs. It’s about time someone stood up for Ohio! And it sounds like this school was closing anyway due to a “declining enrollment” so that holds no water either. His daughters having to move to another school simply shows that he’s not above making the same sacrifices other Americans are having to due to an out of control government spending in Washington!

  • dlw

    His daughters moving to another school has nothing to do with his family making sacrifices: they’ve aged out of the school that’s closing. Whether or not Powell Christian closes its doors, the girls will be moving on to middle school and therefore a different school.

    What jobs are SB5 and Kasich salvaging? And is Kasich and this legislation going to save more jobs than they cost? Seriously, I’d love to know. Because I’m going to lose my job so I need to know where the open positions will be.

  • Ohio Lover

    Did anyone catch Terry Casey on WOSU”s Columbus on the Record this week? I don’t remember the exact quote but it was something about how great it will be to get older teachers replaced with younger ones who are full of enthusiasm. I so wished one of the other panelists asked if the same could be said of Republican strategists seeing as Terry has plenty of snow on his rooftop. Does Kasich et. al. even realize this is age discrimination and covered by federal law? You just know they talk strategy this is one of the ones they came up with but does Terry have to be so blatant about it? Seems like much more of these public statements and they’re leaving tracks for future lawsuits.

    P.S. I know this comment isn’t germane to the Kasich daughter’s news report but wanted to share as it deals with Ohio teachers.

  • Karma is a b*tch, huh. Kasich is taking funding from the best rated public schools to give to the low rated private schools. No democracy left in Ohio.

  • You made the same comment 3 times, are you trolling.

  • Let’s have our teachers go to school, get a Master’s degree and then make Walmart wages… You will attract some GREAT teachers then. If these people who hate unions so bad, get weekends, they need to thank a union.

  • Kmays7

    Is there any federal tax liabilites on the security system that was installed on his private residence, so his daughter could go to the school that is closing down? Will he move to the Gov’s mansion now?

  • Ryan

    Can we put the Gen Assembly in jail??? That would be great. Since that is what they want to do with, teachers, police and firefighters. Let them have a taste of their own medicine!!

  • Ryan

    Can we put the Gen Assembly in jail??? That would be great. Since that is what they want to do with, teachers, police and firefighters. Let them have a taste of their own medicine!!

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