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... →
We’ve all seen far too often what happens when legislative bodies are non-representative of their constituents. Infamous images abound of panels of elderly, white, wealthy, Republican men staring down on women and people of color from their positions of power, enacting policies to benefit and enrich themselves at the harm of everybody else.
It’s long overdue that we should see an influx of women into the Ohio House of Representatives and State Senate. To say the least, it’s incredibly frustrating that 27 of the 33 State Senate seats and 76 of the 99 House of Representative seats in Ohio […]Full Story... →
The failure of Betsy DeVos to effectively advance her privatization of public education agenda at the federal level is no reason for public education advocates to diminish their efforts. The September 4 Washington Post article “The education of Betsy DeVos: why her school choice agenda has not advanced” might prompt some public school advocates to ease up on their efforts.
The article said: “Her motivation, DeVos says, is to make sure every child can escape failing schools, even if parents can’t afford private school tuition. Critics counter that vouchers and related programs […]Full Story... →
Last week, Ohio gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine released a remarkable statement that said too much testing in school “interferes with a child’s ability to think creatively and problem solve.”
Huh? When he was a Member of Congress, wasn’t Mike DeWine one of the strongest proponents of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law that’s been the bane of educators for nearly two decades?
Steve Dyer, an attorney, and Education Policy Fellow at Innovation Ohio examined the previous positions of both DeWine and his running mate, Jon Husted, in the area of education policy. Dyer served in the legislature during the […]Full Story... →
Ever wonder what happened to the $71 million federal grant for new, improved, innovative, high performing charters? Steve Dyer probed the matter. The charter school grant, the nation’s largest for the matter, had a rocky start and has deteriorated as attorney Dyer explains in 10th Period on August 17
In 2016 last year, the state gave out a staggeringly low $1 million of that $71 million to just three of Ohio’s about 400 charter schools. Then the state just gave back $22 million of the $71 million, saying it just didn’t have enough good oversight agencies running charter schools. A fine admission.
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What does a judge’s ruling about a constitutional amendment in Florida have in common with television commercials aired recently about online schools in Ohio?
Answer: it’s not what’s stated in the proposed amendment and the TV promotional that’s important. Instead, it’s about what’s not disclosed in each.
The question then is why was an important word left out of both? Where Groucho Marx rewarded contestants for uttering “the magic word” on his TV show, we should recognize readers for being the first to figure out what key or magic word is being left out of commercials for some Ohio online […]Full Story... →
Fast and furious. When people see that phrase, they often identify it with the name of a film released several years ago. But today, fast and furious also describes the behavior of Republican politicians as they flee as swiftly as they can from the spreading radioactive mushroom cloud generated from the implosion of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, the notorious online charter school.
As damaging as the charter school’s implosion was on the viability of Republican pols, the corresponding explosion ECOT’s demise is causing in state political circles continues to reverberate, particularly for four GOP ECOT stalwarts named […]Full Story... →
It finally seems that ECOT is dead. Today the Ohio Supreme Court ruled 4-2 against ECOT’s appeal and sided with the state. This upheld lower court rulings and determined the state acted lawfully when it ordered ECOT to repay millions for unverified enrollment. However, the matter of collecting ill-gotten money from the ECOT Man and his two companies is still pending.
The decision came with Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Justices Patrick Fischer and Mary DeGenaro and appellate judge W. Scott Gwin, sitting in for recused Justice Judith French, forming the majority.
Fischer explained in the majority opinion that the Ohio […]Full Story... →
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