From the daily archives: Monday, April 30, 2018

As politicians shift from the primary to the general election, thousands of high school students face an uncertain road to a diploma due to an inequitable and flawed assessment system. With a long-term solution to the graduation problem a few years away, the legislature applied a temporary, if unproven, fix for the class of 2018. They have yet to act in the interest of the classes of 2019 and 2020 despite increasing pressure to do just that.

Just over a dozen states require students to satisfy the requirements of an assessment system in order to graduate. Ohio is one of […]

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Thanks to gerrymandering, Democrats face an uphill battle to take back any seats in the 33-member Ohio Senate. But fundraising numbers last week show encouraging signs about Democratic enthusiasm and candidates who may have what it takes to win in November.

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Stormy Daniels isn’t the only one who has been offered hush money.

Some past employees of ECOT were offered some, too.  In ECOT’s case, kids and taxpayers got screwed – not a porn star.

News that several past employees were offered public money in exchange for agreeing not to disparage the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) follows an Associated Press story that quoted a whistleblower saying the Department of Education was informed last August that ECOT manipulated software to garner unearned money from the state. The whistleblower also provided the information to Auditor David Yost last year.

The whistleblower turned […]

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If Ohio citizens thought that state media were having a field day reporting about the demise of ECOT, the notorious and very dead online school, the former behemoth’s former spokesman was quick to add his own perspective about the decaying charter carcass. And then some.

“I think most of this is made-up, ridiculous attempts to abuse a corpse,” Neil Clark said.

It was a deft choice of words for Clark, who a few years back famously referred to school districts as “government schools” while he championed an ECOT monster that ravenously consumed government funds as it tried to masquerade […]

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It’s primary season and health care is on the ballot. With Tuesday, May 8 fast approaching, I wanted to offer some thoughts on the positions taken by each of Ohio’s gubernatorial candidates specifically in the area of health policy.

Given the uncertainty of the partisan composition of the U.S. Congress after the coming mid-term elections, the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still unknown. It appears that Congressional Republicans may even be making a play to attempt to repeal the ACA before the midterm election in November.

While federal politics are uncertain, the positions taken by the major […]

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