U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced new legislation Monday that would send any federal money recovered from the now-shuttered Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow to Ohio school districts. He said he drafted the bill with ECOT in mind, but it will be worded in a way that would allow school districts in other states to obtain recovered funds if a charter school overbills for student attendance.

Politics aside, federal funds should be recovered from ECOT and sent to school districts. There has been little news coverage about the $130 million Bill Lager has received from the federal government for his ECOT scam.

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Trump’s Bad Week

On August 31, 2018 By

The final week of the National Football League’s pre-season games was also one of Donald Trump’s classic exhibitions of brutish conduct that exemplified his derangement. As America’s quarterback, he managed to throw a half dozen more interceptions, fumbled all over the field and argued against rigged unnecessary roughness penalties by dishonest officials that made no difference in making the NFL and America great again.

They were, after all, exhibition games, which are the sort of theatrics that assure Trump of a raucous gathering at his rabid love-ins.

About the week:  He delayed a childish flat response to Sen. John McCain’s death, and by Thursday […]

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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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Mike DeWine has been fighting against birth control and abortion in court for years, but this week he was aided by the state’s Republican Inspector General, who decided not to investigate whether DeWIne allowed a political ally to influence an official investigation into Planned Parenthood.

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It’s official. The President of the United States is now an unindicted co-conspirator. We all need to read that phrase again to let that simple fact sink in.

In the last few months, as dismay over the accumulating evidence documenting the incompetence and corruption of the Trump Administration turned to anger, there is only silence from the GOP leadership.

And we haven’t even fully examined the Russian collusion allegations yet.

Amid the deafening silence in the aftermath of the Cohen guilty plea and Manafort conviction, there is no audible sound coming from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell nor the reticent, […]

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Women’s Equality Day should not be a thing. It could easily be dismissed as a participation trophy, but for the love of all things holy, we had to fight hard to participate.

The day honors the 1920 adoption of the 19th amendment, which (finally!) granted women the right to vote. The suffragettes were relentless, fierce, and focused. We need a little bit of that right now.

With the current President, the mid-term elections and the Kavanaugh nomination, it’s downright scary to be a woman today. But this makes me even more grateful for my right to vote, so you had […]

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“We showed no care for the little ones. We abandoned them.”

That concern was expressed by Pope Francis in the wake of the explosive report that more than 1,000 children had been sexually abused by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania.

But he could very well have been referring to the thousands of kids separated from their parents Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on immigrants, with 564 still in undisclosed faraway places.

Not that the president cares that much about other people’s kids while his own are in worrisome circumstances in the Russia probe. In a recent speech in Charleston, […]

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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 […]

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Jim Renacci may be pushing the limit on Congressional rules for Facebook advertising on the taxpayer dime to shore up his weaknesses as he attempts to defeat Sherrod Brown for the U.S. Senate.

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Silence Has No Sound

On August 21, 2018 By

Do you think Simon and Garfunkel might have had the Republican congressmen in mind when they wrote “The Sound of Silence”? Given the fact that the creepy pols obsequiously duck into the nearest cave when the issue of the monster in the Oval Office adds a few more shreds to our democracy, one must decide that they, too, are bluffing when they solicit your vote as wannabe leaders.  They are not.  Nowhere is that more evident than in Ohio where the Trump Republican ticket has nothing at all to venture about Donald Trump.

That group would include Mike DeWine, who is free-wheeling his feel-good right-wing […]

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Sarahp-titious Press Secretary

On August 20, 2018 By

Is there anything more useless in White House slithering than Sarah Sanders’ daily encounters with reporters at the press briefings?  Slithering?  If she is asked whether Thanksgiving will be celebrated in November, you can be sure she will respond that “the president has been very clear that he wants to serve all of the people.”

And if his side doesn’t do well in the mid-term elections, will he abolish “Merry Christmas” as the official greeting of Christians?  Reply:  “The president has been very clear that he wants to protect the safety of all Americans.”

In Sarah-talk, there has never been any […]

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