Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Good, and the Bad

The Good Stuff---

Let me offer a Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms, Grandmothers, and Great Grandmothers!

Here is the bad stuff-----

1.  Franklin County residents have been warned by the Koch Brothers and their organization, Americans for Prosperity.


A conservative anti-tax group funded by the Koch brothers is warning Columbus Zoo officials not to seek any tax increase in their next levy attempt or again face well financed opposition.

"We will oppose any tax increase of any kind," said Eli Miller, Ohio director of Americans For Prosperity.  "Don't ask for a tax increase at any level.  We are a community based organization here in Ohio and if you're going to raise taxes you're going to hear from us."

It doesn't matter what the people of central Ohio want ----the overlords (aka the Koch Brothers) have spoken!  The lesson here is that the Koch Brothers want things to go their way and they will spend any amount of money to oppose what the community wants.

2.  Despite the baloney being pushed by Gov. John Kasich and the Republican Governors, Ohio continues to lose jobs. The update of warn notices shows layoffs continue, while Kasich is far behind in replacing all of the jobs lost in the recession.  Why didn't Kasich save these jobs:  Why does he continue to give away our money to his CEO buddies when there are plenty of jobs here to save? Why didn't he work to save the 1,000 jobs at Ormet? Did he not like the fact that the jobs at Ormet were union jobs?

The RGA ad promoting Kasich has been fact checked and apparently ad is wrong: LINK.

3.   Did you know that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has failed to recover over $30 million from failed charter schools? That is an awful lot of money to not collect! NBC's channel 4 did an investigation on this scandal.  If you owed the state $30 million, would DeWine go after you? Are these political donors that DeWine doesn't want to offend?

Here are a few points from the NBC4i investigation:

  • Every student in the public school loses 6.5 percent of their state revenue to money going to charter schools
  • The state spends about 7200 dollars a pupil in charter schools
  • Once you remove charter schools and vouchers, the state spends about 3500 dollars per pupil in public schools
  •  Students in Columbus Schools lose almost 25 percent of their state revenue to charter school students
  •  The average student in a charter schools loses a full marking period in math and about a third of a marking period in reading compared with their public school
  •  According to a recent Stanford Study (2013). Since 2009 Ohio is 1 of 4 states whose charter schools have actually lowered its performance.

According to Mike Collins, of the Ohio Board of Education
  • In 1998, $10 million was spent on the initial experiment of charter schools  
  • Only about 10 percent of charter schools can be identified as successful
  • $1.4 billion has been spent since 2005 through school year 2012-2013 on charter schools that have never gotten any higher grade than an F or a D...
This is absolutely disgusting! Our children in public schools are being cheated and it appears that Mike DeWine has failed to do his job!