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 […]Full Story... →
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 […]Full Story... →
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 […]Full Story... →
Too often charter schools are just a way to convert public assets into profit at the expense of kids.
As campaign season fires up, Denis Smith offers advice to presidential candidates: here are the key questions to ask when you visit a charter school.Full Story... →
Public Education Partners (PEP) is hosting the second annual Public Education Celebration in the Statehouse on January 24. This notable event is open to the public. Public school personnel are encouraged to attend. You are invited to CELEBRATE PUBLIC EDUCATION! In honor of Public Education Week in Ohio, as proclaimed by elected officials to be January 20-26, 2019, “Go Public” with Public Education Partners (PEP.) Join us as we shine the light on students and teachers from our public school districts as they share their talents at the Statehouse. When: January 24, 2019 Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Where: […]Full Story... →
Let’s admit it. We’ve all had severe cases of writers’s block in our lives. Yes, not only in school, when that big paper was due but later, as adults, when we struggled in penning a letter to someone when we were uncomfortable with the task.
It’s been a while, but writer’s block has also afflicted me in one particular way. Big time.
In order to remedy this ailment, I’m making another attempt to rid myself of a very specific type of writer’s block, viz., how to compose a piece that will convey something very positive about Donald Trump.
Sure, […]Full Story... →
Two recent developments, one a U.S. Senate committee report, the other newly signed legislation directing Ohio schools to offer instruction in cursive handwriting, provide a contrast in examining public policy and how our future societal needs are addressed. A look at each of these events offers some ideas about the direction we might be headed as a state and nation.
On December 16, the Washington Post published a story on the Senate Intelligence Committee report about the scope of Russian assault on our democratic process. In particular, the investigation focused on how a hostile foreign power manipulated the thinking of […]Full Story... →
Former State Superintendent Dick Ross left a legacy of school choice efforts. He served on Governor Voinovich’s Parent Choice Commission that set in motion the Cleveland Voucher Program. He was an early advocate for the charter school movement while serving as a city school superintendent. He seemed to do the bidding of the Voinovich and Kasich administrations regarding choice efforts.
While serving as state superintendent, it was reported by a staffer that one of his directives stated that if any Department employee has a problem with charters, they have a problem with the state superintendent.
On November 20 the State […]Full Story... →
Political corruption has been at the forefront of public discourse in this country for the better part of the last decade. Ohioans, and Americans as a whole, are justifiably sick and tired of seeing their elected representatives being bought and paid for by special interest groups and with large wads of cash from corporations, lobbying firms and all manner of seedy factions.
Ohio’s own bout with this corruption has come in the form of the ECOT scandal, a years-long scam that saw Republican officials throughout the state’s government paid off — to the tune of millions of dollars — […]Full Story... →
For all but four of the last 23 years, Republicans have held control of the governor’s mansion and both houses of the Ohio General Assembly. Buoyed by conservative support across huge swathes of the state’s rural landscapes, the GOP has dominated politics in Ohio and placed a chokehold on the our state’s working class.
A generation of Ohioans has grown up in the shadow of this conservative death star, constantly clamoring for lower taxes, more deregulation and more handouts to big businesses, even as their rural constituents struggled to make ends meet. Jobs were slashed en masse, wages plummeted in […]Full Story... →
If Carly Simon gave us an anthem with You’re So Vain, maybe Good Charlotte’s Predictable provides the perfect lyric to help us define the dull and uninspiring Andrew Brenner.
I knew it all along
You’re so predictable
I knew something would go wrong
Yes, we knew all along that he was so predictable. But what has gone wrong for Brenner this election year in a big way is that he’s facing a formidable candidate who has a great chance of bringing him down in the otherwise reliably red territory of Delaware and Knox Counties.
In his search […]Full Story... →
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