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“We need this bill passed because we believe in local control” is a consistent argument for Ohio Republicans, but only when it is convenient, of course, because the truth is that Ohio’s Republicans want nothing more than complete control over every corner of the state.

We recently shared State Representative Thomas Hall (R) making such a claim when introducing House Bill 99 – the bill designed to put guns in the hands of teachers:

In my bill, we simply give local control to allow for the local school boards and local governing bodies to decide what amount […]

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Despite nearly unanimous support by its employees, Menlo Park Academy, a K-8 charter school in Cleveland, Ohio, is ignoring the right of those employees to form a union.

In a press release from the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT), the actions of the Menlo Park administration are detailed and include anti-union letters to all staff members that include misinformation and are meant to spread fear among the members about the consequences of unionizing.

Despite the underhanded efforts of the administration, 96% of eligible employees supported forming the union and signed union authorization cards which were then […]

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Stand Your Ground, Teachers?

On December 6, 2021 By

Noticeably absent from Ohio House Bill 99 – the “Let’s Arm Teachers” bill is any clarification on the “rules of engagement” as to when an educator might utilize the handgun that is on their person.

While the majority of the argument centers around the concept of a school shooter, state laws that apply to self-defense outside of a school setting definitely muddy the waters.

First of all, I would never want a teacher to ever be faced with the prospect of having to say “I shot my student”.  Such a circumstance of shooting someone is devastating enough for […]

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When State Representative Thomas Hall introduced Ohio House Bill 99, he made it quite clear what the purpose was – to arm teachers:

My bill is quite simple. Educators should have the ability to carry firearms in the classroom to protect students and staff. In my bill, we simply give local control to allow for the local school boards and local governing bodies to decide what amount of training is necessary to allow teachers to carry a firearm in a school safety zone.

Over the course of six hearings at the Ohio House, testimony was heard […]

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With guns, that is, not intellectual freedom.       

Ohio House Bill 99 seeks to put firearms in the hands of under-trained individuals and put those individuals in schools across the state of Ohio. Technically the bill doesn’t say “firearms”, but instead “authorize the person to convey or possess deadly weapons or dangerous ordnance into a school safety zone…”

Deadly weapons and school safety – oxymoronic, no?

To say that the individuals would be under-trained is a dramatic understatement. Under the bill, initial training “must not exceed” 20 hours. It literally puts a cap on the amount […]

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Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost detailed ECOT’s financial records as a part of his investigation into potential illegal activities of the online charter school as a part of its closing.  Among Yost’s findings is nearly $2.3 million in payments in 2017 and 2018 to a company called Third Wave Communications.

In August 2016, we wrote about Third Wave Communications as ECOT was doing business with them back then, too.  Missing from Yost’s January 18, 2018 letter is any mention that Third Wave Communications is operated by Jessica Harris […]

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The Working People’s Day of Action takes place on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Attendees will be gathering at the Statehouse at 10:30 a.m. and the rally starts at 12 p.m. This rally is part of a National Day of Action being held in 10 cities across the U.S. to fight back against attacks on workers.

We sat down with National Education Association Vice President Becky Pringle and Ohio Education Association President Becky Higgins to discuss this National Day of Action and why it is such a significant event for the working class.

Question: What is this day […]

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Ohio’s public school funding model is needlessly complex.  So much so, in fact, that it can be extremely difficult to believe when trying to explain its oddities to friends and family.  I’m often met with responses such as “that can’t be true”.  With the recent lawsuits and closing of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), I decided to go on a bit of a quest to break down the model in the simplest terms possible, using ECOT and its relationship with the Columbus City School District as an example.

To be fair, breaking it down to the “simplest” terms […]

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Ohio Senate Bill 39, introduced back in February, is finally up for discussion in the Senate Education Committee this week.  Ohio state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, introduced the bill on February 8 and offered testimony to the committee on February 15, but the bill was put aside by committee chair Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, until now.

The Senate Education Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 27, at 3:15 pm in the South Hearing Room.  Information about providing written or in-person testimony in support of the legislation is at the […]

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As Ohio’ Budget Bill (House Bill 49) comes ever closer to becoming law, a simple provision eliminating Ohio’s Resident Educator program is garnering a lot of attention – with some now believing that the program could be “saved” when the two houses eventually meet to hash out their differences in the final version of the bill.

Last week, the company that stands to lose $5,000,000 per year if the program is eliminated – Educopia – provided misleading testimony to the Senate Finance Committee in support of keeping the program.  Educopia is in charge of the most […]

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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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