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  • Kasich’s Cuts: How Badly Has Your Community Been Hit?

    June 3rd, 2014

    John Kasich has never met a cut he didn’t like. He’s cut $500 million from public education and enacted massive budget cuts to local governments, all to pay for a massive tax cut for the rich.

    These policies have devastated Ohio communities. Cities and towns have been forced to raise property taxes to pay for the schools and public safety personnel that are so important to our families.

    Our friends at Policy Matters Ohio and Innovation Ohio have put together this handy tool to allow you to find out just how much Kasich’s cuts have hurt your community. Take a look below, and then share it with your friends.

    Kasich’s Charters: Failing Ohio and Deceiving Parents

    May 29th, 2014

    As governor, John Kasich has cut over $500 million from public schools and dramatically increased funding to for-profit charter schools. Last weekend, the Akron Beacon Journal ran an exposé showing how Governor Kasich’s allies are trying to scare parents into enrolling their children in these for-profit schools.

    The Akron Beacon Journal on charter schools alarming dropout rates:

    “Charter schools such as Life Skills, operated by Akron-based White Hat Management, are targeting dropouts and sending Ohio spinning off in the wrong direction. Dropout rates nationally are on the decline, but Ohio’s rate is on the rise.” Akron Beacon Journal May 25th, 2014

    “Many dropout charter schools, including White Hat’s chain of Life Skills centers, consistently report single-digit graduation rates. Over the course of last school year, more students dropped out of Life Skills than attended on the average day.” Akron Beacon Journal May 25th, 2014

    On taxpayer money being used to “entice” students away from public schools:

    “State audits suggest that some Ohio charter schools spend more than $400 in public money per student to attract them away from public schools…” Akron Beacon Journal May 27th, 2014

    On for-profit charter schools using advertising to “trigger a parent’s fear and emotion”:

    “Rob Palowitz, president of Palo Creative of Youngstown, watched a YouTube video produced by the Columbus-based ECOT. He said the ad worked because it triggers a parent’s fear and emotion about issues such as bullying.” Akron Beacon Journal May 27th, 2014

    It’s been known for quite a while that Governor Kasich’s support of failing for-profit charter schools hurts educational outcomes for students. But trying to lure students away from public schools by trying to make parents fear for their children’s safety is a new low; even for this crowd.

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