From the daily archives: Friday, July 6, 2012

Bill and Melinda Gates.  Eli and Edythe Broad.  Sam and Helen Walton.  Billionaires who made their money through investments or their own businesses, but definitely not through working in the field of public education.  Yet all three of these couples have foundations in their name (Sam & Helen Walton died in 1992 and 2007, respectively) that pump billions of dollars into American education annually.  They grant money to Teach for America & Michelle Rhee, organizations promoting school choice at the expense of public schools, and even individuals looking to start charter schools based on structured criteria determined by the educational […]

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Ohio’s Republicans started planning to redraw Ohio’s congressional districts soon after they took control of all statewide offices in 2010. According to the Ohio Redistricting Transparency Report, one of the primary goals of Republicans was to keep the process and the plans secret, and away from Democrats, the public and press, as long as possible.

The Voters First constitutional amendment, which will likely be on November’s ballot, intends to change the process to avoid this type of secrecy and partisan gerrymandering. The Republican response? It’s not transparent enough. I can only assume this is some kind of joke […]

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You may have read that the Governor signed a new “tourism bill” yesterday. Indeed, Senate Bill 314 includes funds for the state’s office of tourism, which had otherwise been zeroed out in Kasich’s two year budget last June. So, yes, with the passage of SB314, Kasich found a way not to kill the tourism office after all.

But SB314 was anything but a tourism bill. Just 6 of the bill’s 150 pages deal with the new TourismOhio program and its experimental five-year funding plan.

Of course, thanks to holding the bill signing at the Rock and Roll […]

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