Charter Titans’ Political Contributions Keep Ohio Charters Unregulated

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In Policy vs. Politics: Which Will Prevail in the Looming Ohio Charter School Reform Fight? researchers from the Ohio Charter School Accountability Project examine the connection between political contributions made by David Brennan and William Lager—Ohio’s two largest charter profiteers—to prominent Republican state legislators and the passage of Ohio laws that keep Ohio’s charter schools […]

Citizens Police Academy – Part VII: Wrapping It Up

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I had every intention of wrapping up my experience with the Cleveland Heights Citizens Police Academy back when it ended last fall. But I didn’t know what to say. That is until a Cleveland Heights resident named Samuel Taylor allegedly led police on a brief car chase through a residential neighborhood here. Then, after he […]

Why I Favor Protesting

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In its heart I do not believe humanity wants to be racist, and in the US we have been on a long journey — definable in centuries — proving just how not racist we are. Electing a black man as president is among the civic actions writ large we have taken that show what we […]

Structural Racism: A Bleak Educational Future for Poor Children in America’s Metropolitan Areas

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In one of the essays in Twenty-First Century Color Lines (2009), Andrew Grant-Thomas and john a. powell, of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University, confront the idea that our greatest social challenges are the result of the attitudes and behaviors of individuals.  Grant-Thomas and powell write […]

What is GOING ON in University Heights?

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Last week, I learned that a dear friend and neighbor is moving out of University Heights. In discussing the many reasons, we stumbled together into a briar patch of passion, frustration and, for her, resignation. “I can’t be fighting this school battle all the time. Why would I stay in a city that doesn’t want […]