From the daily archives: Saturday, September 7, 2013

There are really very few secrets when it comes to school funding in Ohio.  The formulas may be complicated and confusing, but if you know where to look, it’s possible to track down all of the numbers that comprise the funds going to school districts and charter schools – most of them on the Ohio Department of Education website.

One of the best, and most comprehensive sources, is an awesome spreadsheet the state puts out called the “Bridge Report”.  The report for last school year was posted this summer, and for the first time it included a count of the […]

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It is generally understood in Ohio that charter schools are only popping up in the lowest-performing districts in the state.  The Ohio Department of Education explains this very simply on its website as follows:

According to Ohio laws, sponsors may consider [challenged districts] as potential sites for Community Schools. Newly created new start-up community schools may be started in challenged districts only and the list represents all districts meeting that definition for the 2012-2013 school year.

This is spelled out in legalese in section 3314.02 of the Ohio Revised Code, which is lengthy, but […]

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The Big Red Machine returned to Cincinnati to give us a lesson.

The “Great Eight” led Cincinnati to World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.  They gathered at Great American Ballpark for an event honoring Joe Morgan.

Here is the picture (from Cincinnati Enquirer):

What is striking is how much this team looks like America.  White Players.  African American Players.  Hispanic Players.  All on the same team.

The Big Red Machine is a great example of how diversity makes us stronger.

Now take a look at the famous photo of Governor John Kasich signing the last budget […]

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On Wednesday the USDA released a report showing that an “estimated 14.5 percent of American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2012, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household member.”   In Ohio, this number was even higher: 16.1 percent with low food security and 7.1 percent with very low food security.

Low food security in Ohio has risen 6.3 percent in the past decade, more than any other state, according to the Perry Tribune.   In 2012, Ohio had the third worst food security in the […]

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