“Backpack Full of Cash”: Northeast Ohio Screening, Oct. 10, 7 PM, Cleveland Heights High School

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In these times when Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education, is devotedly promoting school privatization, f you can make it to Cleveland Heights on October 10, please join us to consider the strengths of public education and the disadvantages of privatizing public schools. On Tuesday, October 10 at 7 PM, in the auditorium at […]

Section 8 and Source of Income Discrimination: is there something in this for us?

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Coming up with smart and effective social policy is “Mission Impossible”. And evaluating social policy is not much easier. One way to evaluate a social policy is to ask, “does it do more harm than good?” Insert social policies into that phrase and ask yourself, “Does Obamacare do more harm than good?”; “Does Social Security […]

Ohio Punishes Poor School Districts with Low Rankings without Providing Needed Funds

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Last week the Ohio Education Policy Institute, in research funded by the Ohio School Boards Association, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators and the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, once again documented that school districts serving a large number and high concentration of children in poverty scored lowest on the state’s standardized achievement tests […]

Plunderbund Releases More E-mails Confirming Kasich-Ross Role in Youngstown Plan

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Ohio’s Plunderbund blog continues to investigate the active involvement of Governor John Kasich and his staff along with the direct involvement of State Superintendent Richard Ross in the nine month negotiations for the state takeover of the Youngstown schools and in the future any district with three years’ of “F”ratings from the state. Plunderbund is […]

Residents have questions for CH-UH Board of Education candidates at Oct. 14 forum

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More than 170 people attended the Oct. 14 Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and FutureHeights, I moderated both the CH-UH Board of Education and the Cleveland Heights City Council sections. Here are the questions that were asked of the Board of Education candidates. Candidates responded at the forum, but if they […]

Ohio Regulator Favors Politically Connected Charter School Sponsors, Resigns When Exposed

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Things unraveled pretty quickly last week for David Hansen, the director of school choice at the Ohio Department of Education.  On Tuesday, the State Board of Education, dominated by appointees of Republican Governor John Kasich, met and discussed why, as Ohio began to evaluate the sponsor-authorizers of Ohio’s charter schools, the test scores of students […]

Invisible committments and “You didn’t give us a chance to vote because you knew we would say ‘No'”

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A few hours every weekend my friends and I stand on Mayfield Road in front of  the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Public Library holding up signs protesting the possible sale of the Library. People walking by talk with us and sometimes ask us, as we ask ourselves, does our demonstrating really do any good ? Are we wasting our time […]

TONIGHT: Cuyahoga County Public Library Board will vote on the sale of Telling Mansion

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PLEASE attend the Cuyahoga County Public Library BOARD MEETING TONIGHT, Tuesday, June 25th at 6pm in the Library Administration Building: 2111 Snow Road, Parma OH 44134 | 216.398.1800. THE BOARD WILL VOTE ON THE SALE OF TELLING MANSION.  Telling Mansion has been the home of the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library for the past 60 years.  There […]

Last Day in the Office

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I just entered the office and work on the newsletter is quickly beginning. I also received wonderful feedback from my sponsor on my recent article on the Waldorf school. As my second article for the newspaper, I am excited to see what response it receives. Currently I am revising my article and updating it based […]

Friday!

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Tuesday is my official last day at the office, but today is my last day of independent work. I am close to finishing my Waldorf article and I am so grateful for all of the opportunities.