InnovationOhio has released a new report that examines the nexus between e-schools’ academic performance (or lack thereof) and yet their political popularity with Republicans that might, just might be, influenced by the rather large campaign donations made by e-school businesses, like… White Hat Management executive David Brennan.
Among the findings of the report:
Of Ohio’s 7 state-wide E-schools (which account for 90% of all E-school enrollment), six are not even rated “effective” by the Ohio Department of Education. 5 of the 7 have graduation rates worse than Cleveland Municipal Schools, which has the lowest graduation rate of all traditional […]Full Story... →
Over the years I’ve written more than a few posts here at Plunderbund bitching and moaning about the horrible job Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature has done implementing our charter school system.
There are, of course, a few successful schools. But these minor successes are easily overshadowed by the many horrible and disastrous failures directly resulting from the intentionally limited oversight and amazingly loose restrictions imposed on schools that never had any chance of being successful in the first place. It seems anyone can get public money to start a school and there is little or no requirement to define or track […]Full Story... →
More from the Columbus Dispatch on the Senate GOP’s raid of the Ohio Housing Trust Fund:
The proposed raid of $30 million from the Housing Trust Fund is already drawing criticism from House Democrats who say the move is unwise as Ohio faces the worst foreclosure crisis in state history.
The fund helps pay for homeless shelters, housing programs, housing projects and home repairs for seniors. The fund, generated from fees on the sale of houses, is expected to have about $35 million per year, which is already down from $53 million.
?This would be devastating,? said Bill […]Full Story... →
Anyone want to guess which Republican Attorney is representing All Children Matter, the David Brennan-related PAC that just got fined by the Ohio Elections Commission for illegally funneling contributions through Virgina?
Go ahead guess. It’s not that hard…
Yep. It IS Bill Todd – former Republican Candidate for Columbus Mayor.
No surprise here though since Todd got a huge portion of his Mayoral campaign contributions from David Brennan.Full Story... →
What the hell is up with this???
The Ohio Federation of Teachers wants the IRS to investigate charter school operator White Hat Management, contending the private company has violated the terms of the tax-free status assigned to many of its schools.
The union alleges that at least 25 Life Skills Centers and Hope Academies operated by White Hat don’t qualify for tax-exempt status because many of them share board members, trademarks and contracts.
Under IRS rules, to keep a tax exemption board members need to be unaffiliated with the management company and have authority over their own budgets, curriculum […]Full Story... →
I’m almost starting to feel bad for David Brennan- he just can’t seem to catch a break.
Even Mary Taylor, our Republican State Auditor, who received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the Brennan family, is beating on Brennan and his for-profit charter school business…
State Auditor Mary Taylor slapped 19 community schools operated by White Hat Management in Akron for abusive business practices.
A spokesman for her office said this was believed to be the first time a for-profit charter school in Ohio had been cited for abuse in an annual audit.
The audit complained […]Full Story... →
Jill gives us the rundown over at Progress Ohio. We’ve covered a great deal about the charter school scam here at Plunderbund and the continued profiteering amidst failure after failure. Jill makes a very good point: charters are not bad in and of themselves. What they’ve been turned into is. Leave it to a bunch of wingnuts and un-checked Republican power brokers to turn something good bad.Full Story... →
OK, they don’t hate poor kids. They hate investing in keeping poor kids healthy. It’s pure conjecture at this point as to whether or not they actually hate the kids themselves…
From today’s Dispatch:
The governor’s plan to provide health insurance for some of Ohio’s neediest families likely will be dropped by House Republicans to pay part of their proposed increase in state aid to higher education.
What does John need the money for?
House Speaker Jon A. Husted, R-Kettering, needs roughly $150 million to fund three higher-education initiatives: $100 million in new scholarships; $34 million more in funding […]Full Story... →
Not suprisingly, Mr. Coughlin hated the school voucher cut and the proposal to eliminate for-profit schools- what he calls the ‘proposal to eliminate school choice’.
He claims to be puzzled by the choice since most of the people who benefit from the vouchers are “inner city … african american families” aka: Strickland’s “own constituencies”. (what is he saying? Blacks only vote for Democrats?) Which, […]Full Story... →
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