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Have any of the posters on this site tried to redistrict on the Sec. of States site when it was put to the voters? I'll bet not, not even the editotial staff. There were only 4 or 5 completed ones submitted. I tried for 2 weeks and only went halfway around the States boarder. You must realize that you have to start on the boarder and work inward with all the regulations and quota's that are currently in place. So slices of the pie from places like Cleveland and Cincinnati could possibly be all over the place in the future. No one will be happy and resolution to the issue will be endless with both side not budging. This will be more doomed then the Super Committee. The district maps now have some resemblence to fairness and there was give towards minority strongholds. I do know that the counter plan by the Democrats to the 64 District that I live in would have been in Trumbull, Ashtabula, and Geauga Counties and had a more of a resemblence to a octapus than a map. Be carefull what you wish for.
October 27, 2012 at 6:46 p.m.
The Cleveland Plan is a joke. They will never get the parents of the 46% who are failing to show up or care about their childrens education nor will anything in this plan help them. Strictland maxed out enrolement in charter schools so now Kasich wants to create private schools with public funds. These new "portfolio" schools will not only recieve State funds but share local property tax. Look for this to happen throughout Ohio. Creating two public school systems funded by taxpayers is not the answer. Neither is changing what and how we educate every year. We will never educate these kids without changing their home enviorment or at the very least show them what value an education will have in their lives.
July 5, 2012 at 10:31 p.m.
Being involved with school funding for over 20 years and knowing Bill Johnson I'm sure he is correct in any numbers he gave the commission. Thats not to say the data he gets doesn't change daily. Don't know Adrienne O’Neill but I doubt you'll find a more honest and accurate treasurer with Bill Johnson in Ohio. Just look were Youngstown schools came from fiscally under his supervision.
May 18, 2012 at 8:36 a.m.
Time to cut our losses on Charter schools. The value education wise or financially will never be there. Snake oil salesmen don't belong in education let them try to market something else.
March 26, 2012 at 6:52 a.m.
Let's get this straight.....Kasich wants to raise taxes on the only segment of business with growth potential..... to give a tax break that probably will never happen, or at best partially over how many decades. So the end result will be higher natural gas prices because only a fool thinks that when business taxes are raised that they don't get passed on to the consumer. A better tax cut would be to get the waste out of Columbus. Also allowing local goverment to require bonding against damages would be a better idea and cheaper in the long run.
March 15, 2012 at 9:02 p.m.
The $8 Billion dollar loss in revenue figure was used by then Governor Strickland and the Democrats in the 2010 elections. My opponent Representative Letson then Chairman of the House ways and means committee used that number in one of our debates. I’m all for finding out the exact number without playing games. People should always expect the “TRUTH” not just when convenient.
June 12, 2011 at 9:41 a.m.
So let me get this right. When the SB5 came up for debate (negotiations) Bob and the rest of the Democrats offered nothing not even one amendment. Sounds to me like I'll take my ball and go home if I don't get my way! Great example! There are some good things and some that need changed but the my way or highway mentality when collective bargaining came into existence (all Dems and no Repubs) and with SB5 (all Repub and no Dems) has to change. Next time pratice what you preach and negotiate instead of whinning.
June 1, 2011 at 7:12 a.m.
Knowing Lee Seiple and his dedication to the Mathews School District he deserves a "THANK YOU" for all the good he has done as superintendent. Sometimes it takes a persons not being there to know what is truely missing. Good Luck and best wishes to both Lee and the Mathews school district.
March 16, 2011 at 8:09 p.m.
Again its interesting how fair the Vindicator is in politics. During the primary I returned the questionnaire and even sent a picture. It took three responses for the Vindicator to acknowledge that I had indeed responded. This time around I was not even sent a questionnaire so they are correct that I did not respond, but when I inquired about one I was told that there would not be one for the general election. Thanks again for the lack of opportunity to participate.Albert Haberstroh
October 17, 2010 at 6:32 p.m.
Shows how smart the State is. In 08 McDonald wasn't lower than any of those schools in spending but was still the 23rd lowest in the state. In 09 they were even worse at seventh from the bottom but still more than Lowellville and Southington. 607 out of 614 districts in per pupil spending doesn't leave anything left to cut. Its about time the State actually funded education instead of killing the local tax payers..
June 10, 2010 at 11:42 p.m.