From the daily archives: Saturday, March 1, 2014

Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee law is based off of a law in Florida that has been in place for many years.  In Florida, a student must reach a certain level on their state test, the FCAT 2.0, in order to avoid being retained in third grade.  As in Ohio, there are a variety of exceptions for English Language Learners and special education students.  Florida has supposedly had a great deal of success with their law and individuals from the Florida Department of Education even testified in Ohio when the legislation was under consideration in the General Assembly.

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The following letter was sent by Rich DeColibus, former president of the Cleveland Teachers Union, to Lena Pogrebinsky, a current candidate for CTU President.  It it originally appeared on Kathie Bracy’s Blog and we kindly thank her for giving us permission to reprint it here at Plunderbund.


February 25, 2014

Dear Ms. Pogrebinsky,

I obtained the 14-page summary of the Cleveland Plan and read it through.  A few things seem to stand out.  For example, it reads like it was written by the Koch brothers.  An early quote says, “Public education has been shackled by so much – by legal restrictions, […]

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Supporters of Ed FitzGerald, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, are said to be getting a little restless because Gov. Kasich is hogging all of the news stories and editorials in Ohio’s newspapers this week. Some of are even looking for shockers to grab the attention of the state’s corporate editorial writers. One idea is percolating to the top: Create a 30-second TV spot with Fitz taking up where Kasich once left off. With a police officer at his side, FitzGerald would scowl into the camera and call Kasich an idiot.

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