Taxpayer Dollars Must Not Be Wasted On Failing Charter Schools
by State Representative David Leland
I introduced HB 220 to improve charter school transparency and accountability by permitting the state auditor to track all taxpayer money received by the private, for-profit schools. I did this to shine a light on how charter schools spend taxpayer dollars, which has become even more critical after the ruling last week that ECOT, Ohio’s largest, failing online charter school, misappropriated at least $60 million in taxpayer funds by falsely inflating student attendance.
Ohio taxpayers deserve a full and complete accounting for every one […]Full Story... →
Dear Governor Kasich,
Your proposal in the budget to require teachers to complete an “on-site work experience” with a local business as a condition of renewing our teaching licenses is baffling. Even the state legislators in your own party didn’t seem to see the value in it, and have indicated that they most likely will not support it. What exactly did you hope to accomplish by our spending time observing or even participating in a field outside of education? Despite a lot of press coverage, we were given few details about the thinking behind this mind-boggling mandate, but the director […]Full Story... →
From Judd Dunham, who wrote earlier today about his encounter with Senator Portman, below is an open letter to the Portman staff who helpfully arranged today’s private meeting with constituents on what comes next:
Just wanted to thank you again for restoring some faith in human decency and American democracy today . I know that must sound absurd but really I hope you realize that for a group of people like us to do what we did today is actually totally abnormal. None of us is part of some organized group, none of us is being […]
This is a guest post by Judd Dunham
[UPDATED at 4:42 pm with video]
A group of a dozen or so concerned citizens got word yesterday that Rob Portman would be attending an event at Columbus State about opioid addiction. Most of us have spent the past six weeks trying however we knew how to get an audience with the senator or with any Republican congressmen in our areas to express our deep concerns with the direction the country has taken. since the election. This has included multiple in person visits to Senator Portman’s office as […]Full Story... →
The resistance to Trump’s Muslim ban has been impressive. But the fight is not yet over. Here is an update and some more ways you can continue to help.
First, Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut announced yesterday that he will propose legislation defunding efforts to implement the Muslim ban in Trump’s Executive Order.
Elsewhere I have explained that Congressional action may be necessary to defeat the ban despite the high hopes we have for the lawsuits filed by the ACLU and others.
Accordingly, please contact your two Senators and tell them to co-sponsor or support Senator Murphy’s […]Full Story... →
Thanks to attorney J.M. Burke for this guest post on Trump’s immigration executive order and what you can do to fight it.
The drama taking place on our borders strikes at our nation’s heart. And those of us located far from the front lines can help. Here’s how.
First, some background (because knowledge is power). Executive orders are used by Presidents to guide and shape policy. But a President must be authorized to issue such orders. In this case, Congress granted the President authority to keep people out of the country for pretty much any reason in 1952.
Pursuant […]Full Story... →
The Republican ACA Repeal and Replace Scheme: A Guide for Progressives
By Toni Webb
State Director, For Ohio’s Future Action Fund
This week we saw the first, of what will likely be many, attempts by Congressional Republicans to find a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. The Cassidy-Collins bill hit Washington like a lead balloon, being panned by the Associated Press as a non-starter that “could dismay conservative voters,” and the New York Times said this first attempt “may serve to show how difficult it will be for Republicans to pass a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.”
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A Food Stamp Block Grant is an Attack on the Poor
Lessons from Welfare Reform
With a Republican dominated House, Senate and White House the much touted “block grant” is reemerging in full force. Supported by those who espouse local control and reigning- in spending on entitlements, block grants can, on the surface, seem like an attractive way of moving forward. In lieu of unrestricted spending and strict government rules and regulations, states receive a lump sum of funds to administer safety net programs and thus are provided with a greater amount of flexibility. It […]Full Story... →
This post comes to us from Innovation Ohio, where it was originally published.
Today, the Ohio House is moving a bill that radically undermines the notion of local control and ties the hands of communities to set standards for the treatment of workers.
Enshrined into the constitution is a strong commitment to local control, or “home rule”:
Municipalities shall have authority to exercise all powers of local self-government and to adopt and enforce within their limits such local police, sanitary and other similar regulations, as are not in conflict with […]Full Story... →
What just happened in America is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. The soul of this country was torn apart at the very moment when we had a chance to rise above the hateful rhetoric we have been forced to listen to for months and to unite with a compassion for those who are different, a love for our country beyond measure and an acceptance of opinion and ideals that makes this country great….Not Great Again … GREAT!
Instead we watched a wild witch-hunt supported by a predominantly white male force incessantly run after our first female candidate as […]Full Story... →
A Voice for My Students
by Julie Rine, Honors English teacher at Minerva High School
Each time I vote, I have a clear image in my mind of my 12-year old daughter and my teenage students. I vote for the candidate who will have the most positive impact on their lives and who will be a good role model, someone for them to look up to and emulate. The choice this presidential election is blatantly obvious to me: I will proudly vote for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.
In the past, several of my friends and colleagues have voted for […]Full Story... →