From the daily archives: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

We can’t say we’re surprised. We’ve come to expect the worst from ECOT. The private charter school enterprise was caught bilking Ohioans out of $60 million and has now spent at least $2.25 million more in taxpayer money paying its legal fees and tens of millions more on advertising itself.

As ECOT founder Bill Lager says, “It’s not about the (expletive) children… It’s about the money.”

From the Columbus Dispatch:

ECOT has spent at least $2.25 million in taxpayers’ money to pay attorneys for its thus-far-unsuccessful fight to keep the state from basing its funding on whether […]

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Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown spoke out today against President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that gives immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors the opportunity to work.

“President Trump promised to go after violent criminals, not innocent children,” Brown said in a release Tuesday afternoon. “We should not be targeting young people who are working, going to school, paying taxes and contributing to this country – the country they grew up in and the only home they’ve ever known.”

On Tuesday morning, Trump trotted out Attorney General Jeff Sessions to announce his decision […]

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With the first of six Democratic sponsored gubernatorial debate scheduled for Sept. 12th, Plunderbund asked the Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) whether it will permit wild-card celebrity talk-show host Jerry Springer or Consumer Finance Protection Bureau chief Richard Cordray to join already declared candidates hoping to fill the open governor’s seat after term-limited Republican Gov. John R. Kasich leaves office in 16 months?

Whether Springer, who is creating buzz about his run after reports say he’s nearing a decision, or Cordray, a former Buckeye State attorney general whose term as leader of CFPB ends next July, add their […]

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Dayton Mayor and Democratic candidate for Ohio Governor Nan Whaley released a video Tuesday outlining her vision of making Ohio a state of lifelong learners, by expanding Dayton’s successful City of Learners initiative statewide.

“When I became Mayor of Dayton, I set a big goal – that we would be a city of lifelong learning, nonstop education from cradle to career and beyond,” Whaley says in the video. “Ohio should set a similar goal – to be a State of Learners.”

In 2014, Whaley launched the City of Learners initiative to increase learning opportunities for all of Dayton’s children […]

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