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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 […]

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When it comes to expressions of patriotism in perilous times, silence is not golden. Among Republicans, John McCain clearly knows that.

The sounds of silence coming from congressional Republicans in the wake of the indictments of twelve more Russian intelligence officers that have been forensically linked to the 2016 election debacle have been deafening. That’s why John McCain’s statement on the matter has become a singular sensation, for there is no one else in his party that is so demonstrative in putting country, rather than party, first in mind.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the Republican Party has […]

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The fight for the special election in House District 12 to replace Rep. Pat Tiberi has seen its fair share of attack ads. This is especially true from Republican candidate Troy Balderson. Attack ads seem to be all the craze these days, so I think I can speak for all of us when I say that ads highlighting a candidate’s leadership abilities are refreshing. That is exactly what is done in Democratic candidate Danny O’Connor’s recent ad, ‘Shannon’.

The spot features Shannon Ward, a mother of two from Delaware, OH, who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. […]

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Bob Applebaum, Maple Heights School District Treasurer, spoke about the experience of Maple Heights with ECOT students at a June 6 Statehouse news conference conducted by Innovation Ohio. He is not quoted in a June 7 Columbus Dispatch article that covered the news conference, but his message is critically important.

Applebaum started his statement by saying: “…There is a big difference between a for-profit business and the business of educating students K-12.  Anyone who says “you should run a public school district like a business” is out of touch with reality. And anyone who says a “privately run for-profit […]

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Following President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will lead missile strikes against the Syrian regime under Bashar Assad for the use of chemical weapons, members of the GOP came out in waves of support. It seems these republicans forgot their previous stances.

Many Republican congressmen, who had previously opposed interference in Syria under Obama, applauded President Trump for his leadership. Of course, Senator Rob Portman was one of these flip-floppers. Portman tweeted on Friday, April 13 the following:

The senator’s tweet completely switches his previous stances of Syrian strikes when Obama was an office. During a debate regarding the issue on […]

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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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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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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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Senator Joe Schiavoni became the first Democratic candidate for governor this cycle to announce a running mate.   His choice:  Stephanie Dodd, Ohio Board of Education member.

According to the campaign’s press release: Dodd has served two terms on the Ohio Board of Education, representing all or parts of 13 counties in Central, Southeastern and Appalachian Ohio. During her tenure, she has voted to return $60 million in taxpayer dollars from ECOT for inaccurate student enrollment. She also stands for less standardized testing to be required by the state, and in support of increased spending for early childhood education.

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Last week State Rep. John Becker unveiled the latest round of attacks on unions and Ohio’s working class, aiming to dissolve unions in both the public and private sector. However, Ohio AFL-CIO is fighting back with a fiery letter sent to all state representatives.

Timothy Burga, president Ohio AFL-CIO, in his letter urging other representatives not to become co-sponsors said, “If these proposals were enacted, hard-working Ohioans from every part of the state would be negatively impacted… These measures are nothing but a thinly-veiled attempt

to silence employees at the workplace, strip them of their political voice, and slash […]

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Kasich Budget promises cuts to vital programs

In two weeks, Govenor Kasich will introduce his last state budget, and early indications suggest it will reduce services for people who need them the most to pay for tax cuts for people who need them least.

Why cuts? There are two reasons Kasich is asking his agencies to cut spending. First, tax revenue is not growing as fast as forecasts suggested, which is hardly surprising when the state cut income taxes, primarily on those at the very top, for 11 of the past 12 years. On top of the revenue shortfall, Republicans still want […]

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