From the monthly archives: April 2018

According to the April 10 Politico’s Morning Education (quoting a Dallas Morning News story) Secretary DeVos said Oklahoma teachers who walked out on the job “should keep adult disagreements and disputes in a separate place and serve the students…” Further the Secretary said, “We need to stay focused on what’s right for kids.” That is correct, Secretary DeVos, we should focus on what’s right for kids! An adequate and equitable public school system is right for kids. A constitutional system of school funding is right for kids. A system that does not drain funds from school districts […]

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by John K. Hartman

The Columbus Dispatch cannot give Dave Yost enough sweetheart coverage in his bid for Ohio Attorney General. The newspaper might as well be named deputy campaign manager for the Delaware Republican and current state auditor. This is hardly the way the recently crowned Ohio’s best newspaper should behave.

In fact, it is hard to remember the name of Yost’s Democratic opponent. Let me take a moment to look it up. The Democrat candidate for attorney general is Steve Dettlebach. He gets little coverage in the newspaper and dispatch.com and when he did get covered, the Dispatch […]

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Trump; Huffing and Puffing Again

On April 16, 2018 By

Mission accomplished!

The only stage prop missing from President Trump’s declaration of indivisible triumph in the missile attack on Syria was an aircraft carrier from which George W. Bush announced our “victory” over Iraq.

We could see it coming after Bush’s first team declared that homeowners in Baghdad would soon lay out a square dedicated to America. That was a couple of months or so before Bush landed carrier-top in his flight regalia to assure us peace was at hand.

After all, Dick Cheney had been telling anyone who asked that the war would end not in a few months but […]

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On April 9, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE) Action Alert provided a comprehensive rationale for opposing House Bill 512. The Action Alert includes some points of opposition that have not been highlighted up to now.

The Action Alert stated:

“The bill substantially reduces the responsibilities of the State Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction; eliminates the Ohio Board of Regents and the Chancellor of Higher Education; and allows the governor to appoint a director for the new Department of Learning and Achievement, giving the governor complete control over the development and implementation of prek-16 education policy.”

OAAE then urged their […]

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The report includes earning projections for K12, Inc., the company that operates Ohio Virtual Academy and Ohio Insight Academy, which is closing at the end of this school year. K12 Inc. is expected to grow in earnings by 42.2 percent this year. Not a bad return! Earnings translate to less money spent on students. It is sad that leadership in the U.S. Department of Education now has a profound effect on education business stocks. People with inside information about K12, Inc. report that the organization takes about 19 percent of the charter school funds off the top […]

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After an eternity of denials by Republican leaders that they were interested in suppressing the minority vote, it was encouraging to hear a Democratic candidate come along for Secretary of State to clean up the other party’s act.

That ’s what we heard from State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (Kent) when she spoke to the Akron Press Club on Monday, April 9.  She covered the full range of suppressive initiatives forever denied by the oppressors. These initiatives were enacted most recently by Jon Husted, who is leaving the position of Ohio Secretary of State to tag with Attorney General Mike DeWine, who has […]

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Now that Don Blankenship is out of jail, the Republicans’ bid to win the U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia should become much more interesting.

Blankenship, as you may recall, is the powerful coal baron who was imprisoned for a year for a safety breach at his Upper Big Branch Mine in 2010  that led to an explosion killing 29 miners.

He’s one of three Republicans in the May 8 primary for the Senate seat. Their target is conservative Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, guaranteeing a nasty campaign that could fill Bartlett’s quotations for mountain talk. Blankenship is already off to a fast start, […]

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Chen Xiangmei died last week at the ripe age of 94. If you were trying to fathom all of the hell breaking loose in Washington and the rest of the country, you probably were distracted and missed news of her passing. In fact, if it weren’t for an email sent by a friend in Rhode Island that contained a link to her obituary, I might have missed this news as well.

Chen, known in this country as Anna Chennault, died in her penthouse apartment at the Watergate complex in Washington.

That’s right. The Watergate. As I read her obituary in […]

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Last Friday, news broke that the FBI was investigating Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s “lavish lifestyle.”  Tuesday evening Rosenberger announced that he was resigning from the Ohio Legislature at the end of the month.

On Twitter, I suggested that this is the start, and not the end, of troubles for the Statehouse GOP. I even went so far as to speculate that Cliff Rosenberger might be cooperating with the FBI.

Speculation on Cliff Rosenberger resignation — he is cooperating with FBI and will flip on others in Statehouse. https://t.co/gKdjHfMfbO

— Joshua Adam Engel (@joshuaadamengel) April 11, 2018

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So here we are in April, the month of taxes, showers and… fools. T. S. Eliot thought to call it the “cruelest” month, but with two-thirds of the year remaining in Trump Americana, I wouldn’t dare go that far.

Painfully, the president gilded his re-election campaign for 2020 with a fly-in to Richfield. He revved up an invitation-only group of unionized operating engineers by assuring them that he was fully on their side in his relentless battle to make America great again against the evil forces called Democrats in Ohio

The visit was to be all about infrastructure, or that’s […]

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According to the poll, only 7 percent supported the transfer of the State Board of Education operation to the Governor’s office. HB 512 is a loser in all respects-in politics, implementation, and operation.

The Columbus Dispatch editorial stated, “With about 600 respondents in our sample, 91 percent said the state school board should retain its power. Just 7 percent voted for the change and 2 percent indicated they were undecided.”

According to a press release from the Ohio Education Association, House Bill 512 “seeks to consolidate the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the […]

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