From the daily archives: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Akron Beacon Journal reported last week that another failed charter school, the Next Frontier Academy, closed leaving at least 60 students  displaced.  It’s the same sad and sorry story we continue to hear about Ohio’s disastrous charter school experiment:  misspent state money. unqualified staff and a severe lack of oversight by the state.

Here are the highlights from the ABJ story:

“Like 200 other charters, the school has closed, adding to the $1 billion in taxpayer funding given to failed charter schools. More charter schools closed last year than at any point in the industry’s 17-year history in Ohio” “Ohio Department of Education […]

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In Tuesday’s edition of Nashua New Hampshire’s The Telegraph, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whose expenditure of $5 million for on-air TV ads has boosted his ratings there to no higher than third place, got a good dose of his own snarky brand of medicine.

Pulitzer Prize for Commentary winner Kathleen Parker said, “Sometimes what seems the least consequential detail tells the most about a person’s character – or at least his or her intentions.” She was referring to the question the field of GOP candidates got dealt at the end of their three-hour debate at the Ronald Reagan Library last week […]

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Yogi And Scott Walker, Humorists Gone

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In a blink, America lost two of it well-known humorists this week. Yogi Berra died at 90. Scott Walker gave up his presidential bid when his campaign died.

We could all laugh when Yogi would say profound things like: “We made too many wrong mistakes.” Or: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

Or when the sleepy-eyed Walker, the Wisconsin governor, would boast: “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.” That was his response to a question about ISIS, his confidence swollen by his victory over public employes unions in his state.

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Ohio’s favorite reactionary crank from Mt. Lookout is twisting his toe into the starting blocks to try to enact a so-called ‘right-to-work’ law.

When state Rep. Thomas E. Brinkman, Jr. isn’t gamely designing to regulate the reproductive lives of Ohio women, he likes to hack for the anti-labor interests that have been trying to undermine and destroy unions since they first fought their way into existence.

In a letter to colleagues Wednesday, Brinkman asked for co-sponsors to private sector ‘right-to-work’ legislation he said he would soon be introducing.

He noted that neighboring states Michigan and Indiana have already served this hemlock to […]

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