The state of Ohio released school report cards earlier this month, and they should be treated with the seriousness of a thumbed-nose farting noise in a Monty Python sketch.
Across the state this year, district grades are down as new tests have set benchmarks higher for students than in years past.
The state’s A-F system for grading public schools began in 2013 and replaced the old system that ranked districts from “excellent” to “continuing improvement” to “academic emergency.”
While an “overall district grade” will not be in place until 2018, each school and district did receive six separate A-F grades, […]Full Story... →
In the brief pause after the first debate, I want to recognize a special group of Republican Ohio politicians that I will continue to do up to election day.
It’s the shadowy group that endorsed Donald Trump and then took the first covered wagon out of town. Now you see ‘em and now you don’t. Profiles in courage they aren’t. That’s an attribute that only shows up in their yard signs.
Allow me to share the list with you: Sen. Rob Portman, U.S. Rep. Renacci, Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted, Treasurer Josh Mandel, Ohio House Speaker […]Full Story... →
As written about here on Plunderbund and elsewhere, this week Donald Trump’s incompetence and arrogance were both on full bombastic, sputtering and sniffling display for all of America to see at the first presidential debate between the businessman and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Trump’s debate performance was what he himself would likely refer to as a “disaster” — since he calls so many of the “problems” in this country “disasters” — and he wouldn’t be wrong if he did.
Even John Podhoretz of the New York Post wrote that,”By the time the last 15 minutes rolled around, [Trump] was […]Full Story... →
On his weekly Wednesday call with reporters, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown said he just did something he’s never done before, voting to override President Barack Obama.
The bill Sen. Brown voted to override, called the 911 Victims Lawsuit Bill, also received votes from 97 of his colleges versus only one who voted to not override, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. The controversial bill would allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for allegedly backing the terrorists who carried out the attacks. Reports said Defense Secretary Ash Carter said an override would be devastating to the […]Full Story... →
I’ve spent the last few weeks watching this election in a post surgery percocet haze. I don’t recommend drug use mixing with politics but, it’s worked for me lately. Now that the treatment is behind me I’m appalled by everything.
Close polls are disturbing though in 2012 polling gave us President Romney. So, I’ll stand back a bit there. The polling does give us a snapshot. And this selfie of America shows the worst of us gravitating to The Donald. His running mate Mike Pence is the anti gay/pro life poster child for the far right. The alt right drones embrace Trump for bringing […]Full Story... →
OK. It’s behind us. The historic first debate between Donald and Hillary, I mean. Considering the media hype, I hung on to the end hoping to see the Martians land. lnstead, it was Donald the Mud Wrestler being Donald the Mud Wrestler and Hillary the Calm Diplomat being Hillary the Calm Diplomat. Sorry if I gave away the ending.
Obviously, even Roger Ailes, the predatory media exile who was Trump’s advisor for the debate, didn’t do much good. You discovered that much when Trump credited himself with being smart about not paying taxes. And despite volumes that recorded his approval […]Full Story... →
The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, Ohio’s premier pig-in-a-poke “school choice” scandalpalooza, keeps on delivering the hits, with an audit revealing that the enterprise inflated attendance by 9,000 students, bilking the state out of $64 million it didn’t deserve.
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
In a letter to the school today, the (Ohio Department of Education) tells the school that it has proper documentation for only 6,300 of its 15,300 students – a 59% gap.
The letter does not spell out how much money ECOT could be forced to return, but with ECOT receiving $109 million last year for the […]Full Story... →
From the party whose foul-mouthed leader says that he knows more about ISIS than all of the generals, who insists that Mexico will pay for his wall, who asked Putin to hack Hillary’s emails, who built his favorite tower on the backs of undocumented Polish workers, whose career has moved from one bankruptcy to another, who lives each day with a vision of his name added to the U.S. Constitution and his face on Mount Rushmore, I am ashamed to admit as an Ohioan that the GOP political class in Columbus has endorsed him. Gov. Kasich is the only one […]Full Story... →
Two of America’s most effective progressive U.S. Senators are Ohio’s own Sherrod Brown and Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren. The key to their effectiveness stems from a genuine commitment to working people… regular folk… us.
Brown and Warren do not deal in platitudes or vagueness in addressing the real problems facing America’s working class and the elite class of moneyed interests selling them out.
I’ve met many politicians throughout my life, but Brown and Warren both have an essential quality to them – something that appeals very personally to my mid-Western working class sensibilities – let’s call it the “potluck factor,” as […]Full Story... →
As some of you may not know, nor need to know, Rep. Jim Renacci, a Republican, posts a weekly report online reeking with goodness. That would include the absence, week after week, of any mention of his safely embedded endorsement of Donald Trump.
Renacci, it can be reported, is among the GOP’s winkers who are trying to survive the Trump horror as a candy ass .
Ah, but otherwise there is good news in his reports, as with the latest one that begins in grand style by telling us that he had a “very productive and successful” week in Washington. […]Full Story... →
Is it really beyond belief that Ohio’s lame duck governor and losing presidential candidate this year, who’s widely known for his petulant and crusty personality, would let Wright State University lose hosting rights for the first presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle?
Ohio media that routinely coddles Mr. Kasich will never ask the question. But it’s more than curious that John Kasich’s pet job creation outfit, the super secret JobsOhio that he said when he first ran for governor in 2010 that he would become chairman of, doled out $10 million to the Republican National Committee for its presidential […]Full Story... →