* Is anyone surprised by this news?
USA Today: E-mails tie N.J. Gov. Christie's Office to Lane Closures
The Hill: Staff emails link Chris Christie administration to bridge scandal
NorthJersey: Top Christie aide to Port Authority: 'Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee'
MSNBC: Christie cancels event after scandal revelations
HuffingtonPost: Chris Christie's Top Aide Linked to Traffic Jam Payback Against Democratic Mayor
Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.
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>>>> The Republicans of Ohio tried to keep some other political parties off the ballot in the state. However, that has changed.
The Toledo Blade:
Ohio cannot change the rules on minor parties for the 2014 ballot in mid-game, a federal judge ruled today....
Ohio Republicans cannot win elections fairly so they try eliminating other political parties, and throwing roadblocks for minority voters that usually vote for Democrats.
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•••• Why do Republican governors like Ohio's John Kasich and Pennsylvania Tom Corbett try to destroy public schools with budget cuts? A recent article in Philadelphia City Paper illustrates how those cuts have hurt city school students.
Philadelphia City Paper:
...Some Philadelphia high schools reached a counselor-to-student ratio of 1 to 3,000 this fall, according to Philly School Counselors United. That's much higher than the 1-to-250 ratio recommended by the American School Counselor Association.
The School District of Philadelphia, following budget cuts made by Gov. Tom Corbett that aggravated a long-term fiscal crisis, opened this school year with 3,000 fewer staff members than last year. In September, there were only 126 counselors, down 236 from the 362 on staff the year before. Recently, the District rehired some laid-off counselors after Corbett, facing mounting political pressure, released $45 million in one-time federal funds that he had withheld over demands for concessions from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.
Philly School Counselors United pointed to a number of cases that illustrate the crisis: Northeast High School, with 3,000 students, has just two full-time and two-part counselors this year, down from 11 five years ago; Masterman, one of the state's top high schools, began the school year with only one counselor, and recently added a second; Academy at Palumbo, a school of 800 students, has only one....
Kasich and Corbett, like most Republican governors, have displayed their ignorance with their lack of support for public education. Remember that for the future when you go to vote.
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There are more layoffs in Ohio. See ODJFS for details. Why did it take so long to have this latest layoff (Altos IT) posted?