The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), the beleaguered online charter school embroiled in a financial battle with the Ohio Department of Education apparently pulled out all of the stops for their 2017 graduation ceremony by bringing in Tucker Carlson from Fox News.

According to Carlson’s booking company, the Washington Speaker’s Bureau, Carlson can be hired for a speaking engagement for a fee of at least $40,001.

Of course, since ECOT can spend their money without any disclosure to the public, thanks to the private nature of their “management” companies and lax state laws, we’ll likely never know […]

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Democratic candidates for governor next year have seized on a couple whopper issues, including public spending on for-profit charter schools and more funding for opioid treatment services and centers.

Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton has associated herself with tackling the on-going, decades-old embarrassment of Ohio spending billions upon billions on poor performing for-profit charter schools. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley has chosen to tackle the opioid epidemic by suing early two dozen drug manufacturers.

Former state Rep. Connie Pillich has promised to campaign in all 88 Ohio counties and defy President Donald Trump should he want […]

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is running for governor in Ohio in 2018 with a focus on bringing back partnerships between the state of Ohio and its cities and families.

Whaley, a Democrat, was elected mayor of Dayton in 2013 and before that served on the Dayton City Commission. She is one of five Democrats and four Republicans who have declared their candidacy for governor in 2018.

In an interview with Plunderbund on Friday, Whaley said she went on a bus tour of nearly two dozen Ohio communities with a bipartisan coalition of mayors. While on this tour, she decided that […]

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The Senate Finance Committee introduced their revised version of the budget bill today (House Bill 49) and while the mere summary of changes totals 14 pages, one change that did not occur was to the House’s provision that eliminates the Resident Educator Program required for teachers in their first four/five years in the profession.

The Senate Finance Committee’s version made no changes to the language that the House added in as described by the Legislative Service Commission (click the image to enlarge):

The bill does the following:

Eliminates the Resident Educator Program […]

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So, how Democratic will Buckeye voters be next year? A little, a lot, or not at all, given the next big election year for Washington is 2020?

If President Donald Trump is still president then because Republicans refuse to impeach him despite having multiple good reasons to remove him from office, he will use the power of the White House to further fuel his infamous bluster, deceptions, and over-the-top rhetoric.

He’ll attempt to win the Electoral College again, a feat he’s boasted he ought not to have won last year since he said it’s rigged against Republicans.

Or will […]

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The Financial Choice Act, a Republican-designed bill that delivers on the long-held promise to dismantle major parts of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law passed in 2010, including gutting the successful Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), won passage Thursday along a nearly party line vote, 233-186.

House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling said, “Every promise of Dodd-Frank has been broken. We will replace economic stagnation with a growing healthy economy.”

On a call Friday morning with reporters, three opponents of the bill detailed how it will harm consumers in Ohio and across the nation.

Wrong […]

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In this new feature, every Monday morning, we will do a round-up of some of the biggest political stories on the front pages of papers around Ohio. This will be coupled with a Finally Friday feature, where we will take a look back at the week that was.

Will public-employee pensions be the next to face cuts?

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Public-employee pension funds are big business in Ohio, providing a safety net for 1.75 million people. There’s a lot riding on them.

Collectively, Ohio’s five public pension funds have $192 billion in assets and last year paid out […]

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A report in The Hill Thursday indicated that Ohio’s junior U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has indicated to his colleagues he will support a seven-year phase out of the Medicaid expansion that has brought health insurance to 682,000 Ohioans who could not previously afford it under the Affordable Care Act.

From The Hill:

(U.S.) Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nevada, a key GOP senator on healthcare who is up for reelection next year, said Thursday that he supports a seven-year phase-out of funding for ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid.

“I support seven, I support seven,” Heller told reporters […]

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The Buckeye Institute, an ultra-conservative think tank of sorts, has a long history of opposition to adequate funding for public schools, and support for tax-funded, privately-operated alternatives to public education.

David Hansen, the former Ohio Department of Education (ODE) charter school office head had been a Buckeye Institute official. Hansen resigned from his short stint at ODE when it was revealed that he was guilty of data rigging.

In a May 31, 2017 report, Buckeye Institute recommends an atrocious public policy proposal-Education Savings Accounts. The report quotes a Matthew Ladner who states, “American schools suffer under a […]

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Although test scores are not the best measure of the efficacy of schooling, vouchers were sold as a vehicle to improve test scores. That has not happened according to multiple studies – the latest of which is reported in The New York Times.

Math scores among students who used the vouchers were roughly seven percentage points lower than students who were not selected. The negative academic effect was even more pronounced for students who were not attending a low-performing school when they were awarded the vouchers – their scores were 14.6 percentage points lower in reading and 18.3 percentage points […]

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The United States Supreme Court is going to decide whether Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim tirades can be used to determine whether his new immigration order is constitutional. When deciding the meaning of a written document, courts look at its plain language. If the words are clear, that decides the case. When there’s an ambiguity in the language, judges will try to determine the underlying intent of the person or people who wrote it to see if the uncertainty can be resolved. Cases like that are common.

The Trump immigration case is unique because the wording of his immigration order is […]

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