Friday, July 31, 2015
Ohio's charter schools are running many ads on local radio and TV stations. I've heard numerous ads for Performance Academy and they even got local radio personalities to visit in order to endorse their schools. These charter schools exist on our tax dollars. Shouldn't those tax dollars be used to educate their students and pay for teachers? Why are they spending thousands of dollars advertising?
Here are some results from the Ohio Department of Education:
Performance Academy Eastland
At another Performance Academy, the grades are similar:
Columbus Performance Academy
You can check out the grades from schools all across Ohio here.
An article from the Dayton Daily News (2012) shows that the only people profiting from charters are the people that own them!
Unfortunately, Ohio's Republican controlled legislature refuses to reform the charter school disasters because charter owners continue to fund their campaigns. It is time for tax payers to stop this charter school mess and put funds back into traditional public schools operated by taxpayers, not corporations/private owners.
Monday, July 13, 2015
The Republican presidential candidates are trying to out conservative each other. They brag about their tax cuts, their 'family values' that have guided their lives, and their goal to 'take back' the country.
What are these Republicans candidates refusing to explain?
> They are not providing the details about how their tax cuts have gone primarily to the wealthy, while schools and public services (fire/police), and communities, have had to deal with massive cuts.
> The Republican 'family values' claims of these candidates does not include their own transgressions (divorces, one candidate's ties to the DC Madam scandal, another candidate's participation in an exorcism, a GOPer's bribery scandal, budget problems, underfunding public education while rewarding failing corporate-owned charter schools, etc.).
> All of them say that they want to 'take back' the country, but they fail to provide details. They want to turn back the clock to the 19th century, when white men controlled everything. There were no voting rights for women and minorities, and white men, especially those with lots of money, had authority over institutions.
Please. Don't let these right wing nut jobs win control over our lives. We need to move our country forward, and not backward.
Saturday, July 04, 2015
Happy 4th of July!
According to Brent Larkin at Cleveland.com, our governor could be viewed as a 'jerk' by some:
...Kasich is many things. Normal isn't one of them.
In fact, as Kasich prepares to run for president, expect more people to suggest in public what many who know him have been whispering in private for years.
Indelicate though it may be, it's a question worth asking:
Is John Kasich too big a jerk to be president?....
Those of us who have followed Kasich's political career already know the answer to that question---- yes.