From the daily archives: Thursday, May 4, 2017

Jennifer Berkshire recently wrote about the Betsy DeVos visit to Van Wert, Ohio.  Perfect timing to celebrate Ohio’s failed charter school week.

Berkshire’s perspective on the Betsy DeVos visit can be summed up by a quote made by Elida Treasurer Joel Parker while he and Board member Brenda Stocker were talking to her:

Parker, a Trump supporter, likens the growth of Ohio’s virtual schools, with their moneyed bosses and political flunkies, to the takeover of the garbage collection industry by organized crime in the ‘50’s. *The mob got into the business because it was easy, they could control it, […]

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Trump History Lesson, Not

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President Trump says that if Andrew Jackson had still been around, there might not have been a Civil War. I won’t count this as one of his lies. Rather, he just doesn’t know any better.

When you elevate Jackson to a hero’s throne, it’s possible that you may not have heard that Old Hickory also presided over the removal of 16,000 Cherokees from their homes in the south, driving them at bayonet’s point to Oklahoma.

It was one of the most merciless federal actions in the nation’s history, and an estimated 4,000 Native Americans, including children, perished along the 1,200-mile […]

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Ohio’s senior senator in Washington has been cautious but creative in working with President Donald Trump and his administration, which by every measure is working to tear down policies and programs the gravely voiced senator with perpetually ruffled hair has gone to bat for over the long arc of his political career.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, a twice-elected senator and author of “The Myths of Free Trade,” presented his blueprints to win a third term in the U.S. Senate next year with a presentation at The Ohio State University’s Glenn College of Public Affairs not long ago.

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Jeanne Melvin, President of Public Education Partners (PEP) has developed a graphic that can be used to show school district patrons how a portion of their school levy funds flow to charters. Some state officials have argued that no local funds are involved in chartering. They may be aware that the use of revenue from local levies is restricted to the operation of the school district; hence, they fabricated the following argument:

· Districts must use their local revenue first for their district students
· Districts must use their state funds first for charter students

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