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Accountability hard to enforce in school levy campaigns

By   /  October 30, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

Chris Finney head shot

Chris Finney knows a little something about accountability and making sure Ohio school districts follow campaign laws. As the lead attorney and one of the founders of COAST, he’s taken the Cincinnati Public Schools to court many times to get them to comply.

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Is Ohio school district using public money to campaign?

By   /  October 28, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

Maumee City Schools logo

On Oct. 24, Brad Reynolds received a text message from Maumee City Schools: “Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser tonight at Maumee High School.” But according to Reynolds, that’s illegal.

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An easy solution to Ohio’s double-dipping problem

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  Commentary, Ohio  /  No Comments

Sam double dip (2)

Double-dipping: when a public employee retires, begins collecting a pension and then returns to the same position (and often the same pay) they retired from. It’s legal in Ohio and practiced by a large number of individuals, but it’s become an issue in a local levy campaign.

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OSU rabbit massage study is No. 2 for wasteful spending

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  Commentary, Ohio  /  No Comments


The Ohio State University is ranked #2! Not in football, mind you, but for a research project characterized as “Swedish Massages for Rascally Rabbits.”

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Proposed Ohio cell phone law raises many questions

By   /  October 17, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

edgewater school street view

Have you ever used your cell phone while driving in a school or construction zone? What about in the hands-free mode? That may soon be illegal in Ohio.

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New online tool predicts Ohio voucher eligibility

By   /  October 16, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments


If you have children in school and want a quick way to know if they’re eligible for an Ohio voucher, your wait is over. Thanks to School Choice Ohio, a few simple clicks will give you a reliable indication which, if any, of the state’s voucher programs you child qualifies for.

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