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Using the current law, charter management companies are allowed to select the charter school board of education.How preposterous! House Bill 707 should address this charter industry flaw.

Under Ohio law, a charter management company can set up a charter school, shop for a sponsor and select the board for the charter. Not hard to find a sponsor. Sponsors, like St. Aloysius Orphanage and Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, tap into charter industry revenue streams. This ludicrous policy attracts individuals and groups allured by lucre.

A reader recently wrote about the dangers of charters school, saying, “The most important item that needs […]

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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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A May 27 Columbus Dispatch Capitol Insider article poses the question, “Who gets credit for reining in ECOT?” It seems the Attorney General wants credit.

The article quoted Joshua Eck, DeWine’s gubernatorial campaign spokesman, who said: “Mike DeWine is the only elected official who has made real progress in this case.” Eck went on to say “Everything that has been done about ECOT has been done through the attorney general’s representation.”

Yeah, right.

Now that disgraced ECOT is politically toxic, various politicians want to the credit for its demise. The State Auditor has filed a motion to intervene in the Lake Erie West lawsuit which […]

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Today, something unpredictable happened in a House committee: a pro-public education amendment nearly passed.

The House Education committee was scheduled to consider amendments and vote on an education deregulation bill (SB216). That didn’t happen, however, after committee Democrats put forward an amendment that would have prohibited the state from taking over local school districts that score too low on state tests. Under House Bill 70, Youngstown and Lorain local schools have been placed under the control of appointed CEOs with a wide range of latitude to cancel labor contracts, privatize and restructure district operations.

Today’s amendment was offered by Rep […]

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State Rep Andy Brenner is so desperate not to have to give back his contributions from the scandal-plagued founder of ECOT, he’s claiming he didn’t take them. (He did).

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Every watchdog elected to investigate and stop the fraudulent use of taxpayer money has taken campaign contributions from the originator of the single-largest fraud in state history.

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As the ECOT debacle plays out, it becomes evident that politics gave it life, but now politics is exposing its corruption and thus its shame and destruction.

While the ECOT Man was on the rags-to-riches trajectory, certain state officials, who were immersed in ECOT campaign funds, protected the ECOT business enterprise. ECOT has never been focused on education. Profit has been the objective and when ECOT was caught cheating taxpayers, it went out-of-business not because it was among the worst performing “schools” in the history of the United States, but because it was no longer a profitable business. Now that […]

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An April 17 Fordham Institute review of the Governor’s education legacy shows Fordham and the Governor seem to be on the same page regarding education issues.

Fordham:

The Governor established the A-F Report Card. Fordham laments that it is now in jeopardy. The Governor provided passionate support for the Third Grade Guarantee. Fordham says the jury is still out on the effects of it. The Governor’s early efforts focused on lifting limitations on the creation of new charters and providing facility assistance but then supported charter sponsor evaluations and additional charter school accountability. Fordham says charter accountability could be […]

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As politicians shift from the primary to the general election, thousands of high school students face an uncertain road to a diploma due to an inequitable and flawed assessment system. With a long-term solution to the graduation problem a few years away, the legislature applied a temporary, if unproven, fix for the class of 2018. They have yet to act in the interest of the classes of 2019 and 2020 despite increasing pressure to do just that.

Just over a dozen states require students to satisfy the requirements of an assessment system in order to graduate. Ohio is one of […]

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According to the April 10 Politico’s Morning Education (quoting a Dallas Morning News story) Secretary DeVos said Oklahoma teachers who walked out on the job “should keep adult disagreements and disputes in a separate place and serve the students…” Further the Secretary said, “We need to stay focused on what’s right for kids.” That is correct, Secretary DeVos, we should focus on what’s right for kids! An adequate and equitable public school system is right for kids. A constitutional system of school funding is right for kids. A system that does not drain funds from school districts […]

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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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