Monday, March 02, 2015

Shame!


Ohio taxpayers have been concerned that their money is being misused to prop up failing charter schools. Now, the failing charter system in Ohio has been noticed by people outside of our state.

Ohio.com:

During a day of panel discussions with education reporters and experts at the University of Colorado Boulder, national and local school choice supporters had plenty to say about Ohio.

None of it, however, was good.....

....Among the lowest performing charter school operators continually identified by Ziebarth, Petrilli and other panelists were: K12 Inc., a national company that operates Ohio Virtual Academy and Insight of Ohio; the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an Ohio online charter school owned by political contributor Bill Lager; and White Hat Management, an Akron-based company founded by local industrialist David Brennan, who pioneered Ohio’s charter school movement.....

Unfortunately, Gov. Kasich and the Ohio Republicans won't stop funding these charters.  Kasich even wants to send more money to these failing schools!  Why would they refuse to stop the charter school waste?  The charter school groups are major contributors to Republican candidates.


Monday, February 23, 2015

The Republican Lies


By now you've heard the cockamamie accusations made by Rudy Giuliani.

Time:

...Speaking at a private dinner for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Manhattan, the former mayor of New York said, “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Politico reports. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

Apparently Giuliani hasn't gotten enough attention recently so he said something ignorant, stupid, and racist.  What can you expect from a Republican?  The Republican Party has demonstrated their racism, and sexism in more recent years, especially since the candidacy and election of President Obama.

People should realize that the GOP cannot understand the economic success that has resulted under the Obama administration.  The Republicans cannot deal with facts. With the cooperation of Fox, the Republicans have created an incredible amount of lies, conspiracies, and racist comments. They need to stop.

Here are some facts------





Tuesday, February 17, 2015

'Clown Car'


Ed Kilgore wrote a little something in The Washington Monthly about Gov. Kasich.

WashingtonMonthly:


....Yes, John Kasich is interrupting his tour of Rocky Mountain states promoting that hip new idea the Balanced Budget Amendment to go to an actual early primary state...


....I’m sorry, I just don’t get why so many smart people share this view of Kasich as a world-beater. Yes, his resume is strong, and yes, he’s theoretically “electable.” But if there was ever the wrong time for a Balanced Budget crusade, it’s probably right now, and I just can’t see him rousing a crowd into the kind of hate-frenzy needed to win in the early states...


 Charles Pierce of Esquire, had a very worthwhile article (John Kasich Emerges: One More For The Clown Car) about Ohio Gov. John Kasich.  Here are some excerpts from that Esquire article:

...I remember, back in 1999, how hot a candidate everybody thought John Kasich was; he was the staunch supply-sider who could talk to the young...

....He talked to the young so well that he became the only member of the House of Representatives ever to get the heave-ho at a Grateful Dead concert -- perhaps, as Woody Allen once put it, because several dozen people were rushed to the hospital with bad vibes. Do you know how much of a jackass you have to be to get thrown out of a Dead concert, at least if they don't catch you selling fake crystals or something? Yeesh.

Anyway, Kasich '00 cratered even before the 1999 Iowa Straw Poll -- which made him also the Tim Pawlenty of the '90's -- because George W. Bush was hoovering up all the campaign money. What I remember most about Kasich's brief trip around the track is that he was somebody who thoroughly bought his own publicity. (Here in the Commonwealth -- God save it! -- we have come to know this as the McDreamy Syndrome.) Now, though, he's in his second term as governor of Ohio, where he has a) accepted the government-cootified Medicaid money, and b) lost the fight against public employee unions that Scott Walker won in Wisconsin. And his big campaign pitch is, as I said, the Worst Idea In Interplanetary Politics. I don't know how "I had all these terrible ideas before any of these guys" is going to play as a strategy. It's only a matter of time before he starts arguing that he's not a career politician.



While some (2 or 3 people) in Ohio view Kasich as a visionary, those outside of the state have opinions that are not the least favorable. I'm old enough to remember Kasich's tenure in the House of Representatives.  Although some in the GOP thought Kasich was 'hip,' it is safe to say he wasn't hip then and he isn't hip now.

If there are people out there that think that cutting 100,000 people off food stamps, cutting funding to public schools, restricting women's reproductive rights, turning over public-financed prisons to private corrections companies, allowing less than safe food to be served in some prisons, cutting prison staff, attacking teachers, not supporting marriage equality, attacking union workers,......................then you must be a Republican and a supporter of a pro-business, anti-human agenda.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Notice this????


Has anyone else noticed that Mike Huckabee living totally out of reality?  I don't know what alternative universe Huckabee resides in, but it appears to be far, far away from here. (See HuffingtonPost.)


> Rumors are swirling that the new Republican majority in Congress has been unable to accomplish anything because of infighting. A recent post from the DemocraticUnderground explains more:

"You know, you guys are in the majority,” Franken teased GOP senators as he entered the room.

With a reporting quorum secured, Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, sought to quickly move ahead with the committee’s agenda.

But Franken pressed his point, telling Grassley, “No, I want to say something about this.”

“You know when we were in the majority … we had the responsibility to provide a quorum,” Franken said. “And I thought that you guys, your side, didn’t show up because you just resented being in the minority. But now I know … it’s just sheer laziness.”

 

http://hoh.rollcall.com/al-franken-still-a-jokester/?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=widget&utm_campaign=obclick&obref=obinsite
http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2015/2/8/85626/65489

Don't you just love Sen. Al Franken!!!!!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Thinking of Sending Your Child to a Charter School?

If you are thinking of sending your son/daughter to a charter/community school, please think again.  You need to ask lots of questions and do some research. Here is what I would ask before I would enroll my child in a charter program:

 What is your graduation rate?
 Are the teachers certified in the subjects they teach?
 How many teachers have master's degrees, reading certifications, and math certificates?
 How many children are in a classroom?
 What books or reading materials are provided?
 Who is the publisher of the learning materials?
 Are children seated at desks, or folding tables and chairs?
 Does your school have a library and a certified librarian on staff?
 How many hours per day do teachers work in the classroom?
 Does each child have a computer? If not, how many children must share one?
 Is the principal certified in school administration with a background in teaching?
 How many children are reading at or above their grade level?
 If the school has an excess of funds, what happens to that money?
 Ask for results and reports, and do not go on the word of the 'administrator' in the building.


Please note: I would not send my child to a charter/community school. I would move to a better public school district and give my child the full advantages of a well-funded, public education. Remember that charter/community schools answer to owners/CEO's while public schools respond to taxpayers.


>  Recent information about the attendance records of Ohio's charter (aka 'community schools') schools have made taxpayers upset.  It appears that some of these schools are receiving money for invisible students.   Following an investigation by the office of the Ohio Auditor, attendance records were released from some charters. Here is part of what was discovered-----

The Columbus Dispatch:

....A report released yesterday by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost found significantly lower attendance at half of the 30 charter schools where auditors conducted unannounced head counts this past fall....

....Among those with the widest gap was Capital High School, 640 Harrisburg Pike, Columbus. The school reported 298 students; auditors counted 142, fewer than half.....

....Gateway Academy on Kimberly Parkway North in Columbus reported 100 students but auditors counted 52, with 20 students absent....

Dayton Daily News:

Just 43 of the 153 students listed in attendance records at Dayton Technology Design High School were present when investigators from the state Auditor’s office conducted a surprise, random head count at 30 charter schools across the state, according to a report issued Thursday....

.....Auditors showed up at 8:35 a.m. Oct. 1 at Dayton Technology Design H.S. and found just 43 students in school — well below the 172 estimated enrollment given in July 2014 and below the 153 students reported to Ohio Department of Education by the school to be in attendance on Oct. 1. School Director Karl Perkins told auditors that the headcount would be low because tardy students tend to arrive closer to 9 a.m. and some log onto the computer from home, the report said.

Yost’s team showed up again — unannounced — at 8:55 a.m. on Nov. 12 and counted 60 students at Dayton Technology Design H.S. The audit also noted that the school didn’t notify ODE that it would offer “blended” learning where students take classes in person and online.....

Cincinnati.com:

Two Hamilton County charter schools had fewer than 25 percent of registered students in the classrooms when investigators from the Ohio Auditor's Office stopped by for a surprise head count, according to a state report released Thursday.....

....The local schools – Life Skills Center of Hamilton County and Life Skills Center of Cincinnati, which share an administrator and some teachers – are among seven schools whose surprise checks found far fewer students in the seats than the estimates provided.

Reported registration tallies were 64 at Life Skills Hamilton and 127 at Life Skills Cincinnati. But the headcounts, conducted Oct. 1, found 18 at Hamilton and 22 on the Cincinnati campus....


 Read Plunderbund's post on the charter school mess here.

You can download the entire report from the State Auditor's Office here.

If you are concerned about wasted money and corporations getting richer off of your tax money, call your state representative's office and demand an investigation.  I'd like to see a full report on charter school attendance, money received, and graduation rates side by side. It is time to stop wasting our tax dollars on these failing charter schools!!!!

FYI: Those online charter school ads you see on TV are the same ads shown in other states. It is fair to conclude that results are not the same for every student in every state.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Today...


...we honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In order to reach his goals, we must continue to come together, and take steps toward peace and understanding.  We still have so much to do.

If you need more information about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visit the King Center online.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Sad start to 2015


The year 2015 is fresh and new, but the layoffs continue in Ohio. http://jfs.ohio.gov/warn/current.stm
 There is NO Ohio economic miracle, Gov. Kasich!

> Here is an item that will get you thinking-----

RawStory:

...Tamir Rice was carrying a pellet gun near a recreation center when he was shot and killed in November. Police shot Rice in the abdomen seconds after arriving on scene in response to a 911 call that reported someone who was “ probably a juvenile ” was waving a gun that was “ probably fake ”.

“I don’t have confidence that a [state Bureau of Criminal Investigation] probe into police use-of-force would be a transparent, due-process kind of investigation,” said Jackson, according to Northeast Ohio Media Group . He instead called on the Cuyahoga County sheriff to investigate Rice’s death....

...Jackson’s comments on Sunday were similar to those he made last month after the the Department of Justice released its report on the city’s police force....

What is it about Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine that might cause anyone to think that there would be political motivations behind an investigation? 

> Mike DeWine is against marriage equality and he has spent time and money fighting against it. 

> Mike DeWine is against a woman's reproductive rights, including those that would allow a woman to choose to have an abortion.

> Mike DeWine's conflicts of interest in the investigation of the killing of a man at the Beavercreek Walmart. Plunderbund provided the details.

Considering the Republican control of the state, anything involving civil rights should be investigated by the U.S. Justice Department.

Monday, December 01, 2014

News to Use


According to the New York Times, this year's Black Friday shopping extravaganza was down. Were retailers greedy? Yes! Retailers and Wall Street worshippers always want bigger and better profits. This year it just didn't happen.

With so much attention given to expanded shopping hours, stores remaining open through the holiday, and employees forced to give up family time to work, the end result is shoppers just didn't respond to the retail kidnapping of the holiday. 

>  A Republican staffer that made critical remarks about the Obama daughters is resigning today.

USAToday:

Republican party staffer Elizabeth Lauten told NBC News she is "resigning today" after making controversial comments about Sasha and Malia Obama, according to NBC News.....

Wow. What took Ms. Lauten so long to resign?

>>>The Toledo Blade article suggesting Gov. Kasich as a presidential candidate made me want to puke.  Kasich, the notorious anti-teacher, anti-police & firefighter, anti-public school, anti-women's rights, does not belong in the presidential arena. His enormous ego and corporate-loving giveaways are just too much to bear.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stand firm!



>  The U.S. Senate did not approve the bill allowing for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The measure failed by one vote. Americans should realize that the information about massive job creation from the pipeline construction is nothing more than propaganda.

The construction of the pipeline would only create 50 permanent jobs and 9,000 temporary jobs. The oil from the pipeline would flow to Texas where it would then be exported to other countries. The owners of the pipeline have waged a large campaign that is being handled by a public relations firm.

Opposition to the pipeline has come from Native Americans, farmers, environmentalists, and others. One of the more vocal groups has been Canadians http://tinyurl.com/ld62tlu.  

We should not rest until we have completely stopped this pipeline. Those behind the pipeline have not given up their fight (http://tinyurl.com/oukuph8) and neither should we.

If you need a reminder of what an oil spill can do to a community, let me refresh your memory about the tragedy in Kalamazoo (http://archive.freep.com/article/20130623/NEWS06/306230059/Kalamazoo-River-oil-spill).

> The layoffs in Ohio continue, even though Gov. John Kasich claims that there has been an 'Ohio miracle' here. 

> We've had snow here in Ohio, but not as bad as what they've experienced in New York, according to an ABC News report.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Vote!


I have one word for you:

Vote!


Bring your friends and relatives to vote. If you know of someone that needs a ride to the polls, offer them a ride. Encourage co-workers to get out there and exercise their right to vote!