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Senator wants to ban powder caffeine after deaths, but is there another way?

By   /  January 30, 2015  /  Commentary, Ohio  /  No Comments

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, wants to ban the retail sale and marketing of powder caffeine, saying it’s to protect the public’s health and welfare and to “prevent future overdoses and deaths.”

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Kids do fine when charter school forms labor union, study shows

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Education, News, Ohio  /  No Comments

Labor economist Aaron Sojourner says his study of the effects of unionization on charter school performance is the best empirical evidence available.

There are more than 40 Ohio charter schools that have a labor union, but what impact does the unionization of teachers and staff have on the performance of kids? A recent study has the answer.

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Teachers, staff at Columbus charter school want to form a labor union

By   /  January 28, 2015  /  Education, News, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Teachers and staff at the Franklinton Preparatory Academy, a charter school in Columbus, want to join a union. But some think that’s a bad idea that defeats the whole point of charter schools.

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More children eligible for the Ohio EdChoice scholarship due to poor local public school performance

By   /  January 27, 2015  /  Education Blog, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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More children will be eligible for Ohio’s EdChoice scholarships in the 2015-16 school year because of poor performance at their local public school.

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Ohio employers paying higher taxes thanks to unemployment debt

By   /  January 16, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Ohio employers are paying higher taxes for unemployment compensation in 2015, a direct result of the state’s failure to repay billions borrowed to cover unemployment benefits during the recession.

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2015 resolution: Learn Ohio Sunshine Laws

By   /  January 1, 2015  /  Commentary, Ohio, Uncategorized  /  No Comments


When you’re making New Year’s resolutions for 2015, be sure to add learning about Ohio’s Sunshine Laws to the list.

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