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Political hangover: Conventions are over, bill goes to taxpayers

By   /  July 29, 2016  /  National, News, Ohio, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Party balloons

Several blocks surrounding the Wells Fargo Center, site of this week’s Democratic National Convention, looked like a militarized zone.

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RNC: Protesters keep protesting, GOP yells back

By   /  July 20, 2016  /  National, Ohio, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

Photo by Heather Kays

CLEVELAND — It’s a scene so chaotic that at some points it’s difficult to guess which person is protesting what cause. Some are more obvious: many protesters from better-known groups such as Black Lives Matter and Code Pink are peacefully assembling outside the perimeter of the 2016 Republican National Convention. Others hold signs emblazoned with sayings […]

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Study: Ohio vouchers study shows need for more study

By   /  July 13, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Ohio  /  No Comments

image courtesy of DCPS

Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarhip Program has provided vouchers to nearly 20,000 students in Ohio who would otherwise attend low-performing schools. A new study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute examined the program to determine how it is working by analyzing data from the 2003-2004 through 2012-13 school years. The study looked to answer the questions “Which children are using EdChoice when […]

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Cleveland’s first union-charter contract agreed upon

By   /  June 17, 2016  /  Education Blog, Ohio  /  No Comments

Teachers Union

Teachers at Cleveland’s I Can charter schools now have a union contract for three years, the first in the city. The contract sets teacher pay to start at $37,000 with a maximum of about $62,000. “This contract is historic for the state of Ohio, and these teachers deserve a round of congratulations for wanting the voice […]

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Ohio students get welding certification

By   /  June 8, 2016  /  Education Blog, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Fourteen Ohio high school students and recent graduates took part in a “welding boot camp” to earn their certification last month. “This is an opportunity high school students rarely have,” said Arlette Robinson, career and technical education supervisor for Bradley County Schools. “No one in Bradley County has ever offered this. It’s really a big thing.” Read more here.

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Nanny State of the Week: FDA fries family’s potato chip business with new cooking oil mandates

By   /  May 30, 2016  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Health Care, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, National, News, Ohio, Regulations  /  No Comments

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Jones’ potato chips will take on a different flavor because the FDA has banned the kind of cooking oil the company has used for 70 years.

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