From the daily archives: Thursday, February 14, 2013

On February 4th, we posted about the resolution the AFL-CIO passed in opposition to the actions of the Columbus Education Commission and their apparent leanings toward staging a hostile takeover of the Columbus City School District.  This week, the AFL-CIO began running full page ads in local newspapers aimed at getting the message out to the community that their opposition to a corporate takeover of the Columbus City Schools is not something to be taken lightly.

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“Governor John Kasich was untruthful last week, and in doing so, finally clarified that kids in poor school districts don’t count.”

So starts a letter from Arnol Elam, Superintendent of Franklin City Schools, sent to the parents and teachers of his district this week.   Elam was one of the many Ohio school superintendent who were invited to a town hall where Kasich announced his school funding plans.   And like many other superintendents, Elam thinks Kasich lied to them.

The letter continues:

On Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, the governor told Ohio’s school superintendents, “This is not hard to figure out: If […]

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The really creepy folks over at Personhood Ohio, the ones who want to grant full citizenship rights to a fertilized egg, would like to share a Valentine’s day message with you.

And no, it’s nothing like the dozens of Hello Kitty and Princess Valentine’s Day cards I put together for my kids’ preschool class last night.

The front of Personhood’s card contains the picture of a baby’s foot with the words “Happy Valentine’s Day from One of God’s Special Children (’cause God don’t make no junk)”.

But just as you are thinking “Aww… how sweet!” …

You turn the card over […]

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John Kasich’s proposed biennium budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 will drop higher education funding below 2008/2009 levels.

Governor Strickland’s last budget provided $3.752 Billion for higher ed. Kasich’s latest budget provides $150 Million less.

Kasich’s first budget put pressure on schools like Bowling Green State University (BGSU) which was hit hard with a $2.8 Million (4 percent) decrease in year-over-year state funding for fiscal year 2013 while being prevented from raising tuition and fees more than 3.5 percent annually.

According to a fiscal report from BGSU, the cuts in Kasich’s first budget compared to the Strickland budget […]

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Whenever I got into a noisy fracas with another kid on the block,  my mother  would give me a stern warning to “play nice”.  It was a reasonable maternal reaction to spare me of a black eye or swollen  lip in a neighborhood where the odds were against me coming out ahead.

That’s not a cautionary guide for  Republicans these days.  None seem to be in a very  good mood today to  give up their cheerless fight against  President Obama.  You know, the one they lost by 5 million votes last November.  After all, the next presidential election is scarcely four […]

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