From the daily archives: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

After months of waiting for the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to release public records related to last summer’s charter school scandal, Plunderbund Media LLC has filed a lawsuit to force Governor John Kasich’s representatives at the ODE to turn over emails from David Hansen, Kasich’s hand-picked and now-disgraced Charter School Czar.

Hansen, husband of trusted Kasich adviser Beth Hansen, resigned from his state job back in July 2015 after it was discovered he illegally withheld damaging rating data from charter sponsor evaluations. Seven weeks later, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) finally released some public records related to that charter school data scandal. […]

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It’s not often that Ohio’s congressional delegation comes together on anything. But they did Tuesday, when Buckeye State senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman were joined by 15 House Members to push U.S. Secretary of Transportation (DOT) Anthony Foxx to award its Smart City Challenge grant to the City of Columbus, Ohio.

Citing its leadership in innovation and research as well as its geographic fit, the delegation sent a letter Monday praising Ohio’s capital city, which out of an original pool of 78 competitors is one of seven cities still vying for the award. Austin, TX; Denver, CO; Kansas City, […]

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