From the daily archives: Sunday, June 5, 2016

Ohio’s online charter schools have come under scrutiny lately for questions about their attendance.  Multiple smaller online schools have been found to have significantly overstated their enrollment numbers, resulting in a significant amount of state tax dollars being over-billed by the schools’ operators.

State Senator Joe Schiavoni introduced legislation in March of this year that would seek to hold online schools more accountable for accurate attendance records.

“We need to make sure that online schools are accurately reporting attendance and not collecting tax dollars for students who never log in to take classes,” said Senator Schiavoni.  “Online schools must be […]

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In the 2016 Edition of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University’s “Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition,” authored by Eileen Norcross and Olivia Gonzalez, Ohio mostly gets pretty good grades on a variety of fiscal metrics.

From the report: “On the basis of its fiscal solvency in five separate categories, Ohio ranks 11th among the US states and Puerto Rico for its fiscal health. On a cash basis, Ohio has between 4.64 and 6.22 times the cash needed to cover short-term liabilities. Revenues exceed expenses by 5 percent, producing a surplus of $278 per capita. Net assets are […]

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First it was Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky who finally found the inner nerve to declare he was voting for Donald Trump this fall.

Then on Thursday the highest ranking elected Republican in the nation, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan from Wisconsin, who per the U.S. Constitution is second in the line of succession after Vice President Joe Biden to become president, joined Sen. McConnell on the Trump train that’s been careening down the tracks, energizing many and maybe scaring even more.

Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee for Republicans this year, looks to lock up the […]

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Women’s access to their constitutionally secured right to abortion is a wedge issue as big as they come in America. And in Ohio, where Republicans rule the roost from the governor’s office to the legislature and all statewide offices in between, Buckeye women suffer from elected leaders who would take that right away if they could, settling for harder and higher hurdles in the meantime.

Now that Ohio’s lame-duck governor John Kasich is mostly a footnote in the annals of 2016 national politics, Ohio’s junior U.S. Senator remains in play on the national scene in light of Senate control. Senator […]

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The University of Akron’s longest running nightmare has finally ended – or many of us would hope. Scott Scarborough, who rode into town from out west with a starchy commitment to clean up the school’s $40 million debt and fading enrollment a couple of years ago, is now the ex-president of UA, adding the dark distinction on his resume to three other universities where he once labored.

Finally acting in a role to which it had been appointed, the bystanding Board of Trustees belatedly took a collegial breath and forced him out the door.

It will be a chapter in […]

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