From the daily archives: Thursday, January 5, 2017

How will Betsy DeVos respond to the fact that her defunct All Children Matter organization owes Ohio a $5.3 million fine?

The Ohio Elections Commission found that the federal and Ohio All Children Matter PACs violated Ohio campaign laws. The Commission levied fines of $5.3 million and the court upheld the fines. Former House member Steve Dyer provides a narrative of the origin and chronology of this money laundering matter.

The All Children Matter organization was disbanded and the fines were never paid.

Violation of Ohio election laws have landed some Ohio public officials before judges in the Ohio […]

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According to the AP, the Federal Trade Commission sued the for-profit DeVry University alleging false advertising. DeVry is settling the suit by agreeing to pay $100 million.

DeVry claimed in ads that 90% of its graduates who sought employment got jobs in their field within six months of graduation. False claim!

Some charter schools make claims about their programs that don’t match reality. Just wondering… Should the Federal Trade Commission investigate the marketing practices of the Ohio charter industry?


William L. Phillis, Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding

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Jason Crye, in a December 2, 2016 Fordham publication, described Betsy DeVos as “a wily and battle-tested reformer, someone with clear goals who knows how to fight and make reform happen.” His conclusion seems to be: reformers should support DeVos because she is one of us.

DeVos has a record of intense interest in education but all of her advocacy has been directed to replace the public common school with charters and vouchers. Reform to the “reformers”, including DeVos, means to destroy the public common schools.

“Reformers” have bastardized the word reform. Reform means to improve by alteration, correction […]

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There it is, in plain sight, for all to see as 2017 starts.

After six years of doing precious little to propel Ohio to the promised peak of job-creating states, JobsOhio remains both unproductive and likely unconstitutional, even though it has a funding stream backed by taxpayer dollars that give it billions to dole out to companies willing to establish a presence in our slipping state.

On its website JobsOhio describes itself as “a private non-profit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention, and expansion efforts.”  Created by a compliant Republican-controlled legislature at the behest of […]

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