A new take on cross-district choice

By   /  February 10, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Ohio  /  No Comments

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The school district for which a house is zoned can be a major selling point. One way in which school choice has historically been exercised is through a decision to move to another school district. More recently, some states have allowed students to cross district lines, expanding the reach of school choice. Now, one family in Ohio […]

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Flashback: Gov. Kasich’s Medicaid expansion end-run

By   /  February 8, 2016  /  Health Care, News, Ohio, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich unilaterally expanded Medicaid under Obamacare in 2013, but that’s not the story he’s telling voters and reporters on the campaign trail.

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Toledo works to reduce dropout rates

By   /  February 3, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Ohio  /  No Comments

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In the class of 2014 in Toledo, Ohio, only 63.9 percent of students graduated within four years. Toledo Public Schools is working on dropout prevention program to boost graduation rates, a program that the Toledo Blade called “exhaustive, time-consuming, and personal.” Scott High School has implemented an early-warning system in which faculty monitor students in […]

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HUD backs millions in loans on projects worth a fraction of the debt

By   /  February 3, 2016  /  Accountability, Colorado, Federal Government, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, News, North Carolina, Ohio, Open Records, Taxes, Washington  /  No Comments

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Despite a warning from its economist, HUD went forward with a loan guarantee for an upscale retirement development that defaulted, leaving taxpayers on the hook for nearly $50 million.

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Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 22

By   /  December 28, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Health Care, News, Ohio, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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Part 4 of 25 in the series Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015 Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign has gone nowhere even though top-tier candidates haven’t bothered to attack his support for Obamacare. When the last fumes of gas in the Kasich for Us Bus run out, the Republican will return his attention to Ohio; this might be the scariest news […]

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Ohio town adds purple parking for Purple Heart recipients

By   /  December 24, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Purple parking spaces are popping up all over public parking lots in Warren, Ohio

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