From the monthly archives: December 2021

“We need this bill passed because we believe in local control” is a consistent argument for Ohio Republicans, but only when it is convenient, of course, because the truth is that Ohio’s Republicans want nothing more than complete control over every corner of the state.

We recently shared State Representative Thomas Hall (R) making such a claim when introducing House Bill 99 – the bill designed to put guns in the hands of teachers:

In my bill, we simply give local control to allow for the local school boards and local governing bodies to decide what amount […]

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Despite nearly unanimous support by its employees, Menlo Park Academy, a K-8 charter school in Cleveland, Ohio, is ignoring the right of those employees to form a union.

In a press release from the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT), the actions of the Menlo Park administration are detailed and include anti-union letters to all staff members that include misinformation and are meant to spread fear among the members about the consequences of unionizing.

Despite the underhanded efforts of the administration, 96% of eligible employees supported forming the union and signed union authorization cards which were then […]

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Stand Your Ground, Teachers?

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Noticeably absent from Ohio House Bill 99 – the “Let’s Arm Teachers” bill is any clarification on the “rules of engagement” as to when an educator might utilize the handgun that is on their person.

While the majority of the argument centers around the concept of a school shooter, state laws that apply to self-defense outside of a school setting definitely muddy the waters.

First of all, I would never want a teacher to ever be faced with the prospect of having to say “I shot my student”.  Such a circumstance of shooting someone is devastating enough for […]

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When State Representative Thomas Hall introduced Ohio House Bill 99, he made it quite clear what the purpose was – to arm teachers:

My bill is quite simple. Educators should have the ability to carry firearms in the classroom to protect students and staff. In my bill, we simply give local control to allow for the local school boards and local governing bodies to decide what amount of training is necessary to allow teachers to carry a firearm in a school safety zone.

Over the course of six hearings at the Ohio House, testimony was heard […]

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