Give Common Core Repeal A Shot With A Floor Vote

From the start, the Common Core repeal bill HB 597 was put behind the eight ball. Shortly after it passed out of committee, Rep. Matt Huffman, speaker pro tempore and one of the bill’s sponsors, told the Cincinnati Enquirer,
“If we don’t think we have the votes to pass it, we won’t bring it to the floor.”
At that point, the bar had been set and the message to all fence-sitting House Republicans was:  Sit tight. […]

Proposed Limit to Testing in House Bill is Four Hours Per State Assessment

My previous post on the House bill which curbs standardized testing incorrectly stated that the bill would limit testing on state achievement and graduation tests to four hours per student per year.

The bill actually limits standardized testing to four hours per assessment per year.  The limit would go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.

The confusion stems from news reports which characterized the proposed testing limit as “four hours per student per year,” and […]

Ohio House Set to Take Action on Bill Which Limits Standardized Testing

See updated post.  Proposed testing limit in House Bill is actually four hours per assessment.

Finally there is an aspect of Common Core that we can all agree on – there is far too much standardized testing.

In response to the overwhelming cry from parents, teachers, and administrators, Representatives Anne Gonzales and Andrew Brenner sponsored a bill to reduce the number of hours Ohio students can spend on state achievement testing and graduation testing to four […]

What Does College Credit Plus Mean for Taxpayers

Republicans in the General Assembly inserted in the mid biennium review bill, HB 487, a program which sounds like it could be connected to Common Core. The program, College Credit Plus (CCP), provides free full and part time college credit to public and private secondary school students who meet the admission requirements of a partnering college, usually a local community college.

What’s the connection with Common Core? Well, just look for the buzz words peppered […]

Buckeye Institute Suggests Reforms to Ohio’s Broken Municipal Income Tax System

Municipal income tax reform is on the agenda in the lame-duck session of the Ohio General Assembly.

The Buckeye Institute has published a report which highlights the most aggregious aspects of Ohio’s municipal income tax system and identifies needed reforms.

Buckeye puts the issue into perspective,
“Forty other states manage to fund local government without imposing municipal income taxes, putting Ohioans and their businesses at an immediate economic disadvantage. State policymakers should be looking for ways to […]

By |November 11th, 2014|News, Ohio Politics|0 Comments

Ohio Student Data Privacy Violations Should Be Included in State Reporting

Rep. Andrew Brenner has introduced a bill to limit the time allotted for standardized testing in Ohio schools.  The bill has been amended to Substitute House Bill 228 to expedite the legislation for the lame duck session.

Since Race to the Top calls on states and school districts to work toward offering state achievement testing online in the future, HB 228 includes a provision requiring the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to submit a report to the Governor […]

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Obamacare Subsidies

There’s hopeful news this week on the Obamacare front. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the tax subsidies that keep Obamacare afloat. The Court will review a ruling by a three judge panel of a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia which upheld IRS regulations that allow Obamacare tax subsidies in all 50 states.

Language in the ACA states that subsidies are available to individuals that enroll in an insurance plan […]

Common Core Repeal Bill Headed to Full House Vote

Tell your State Rep to vote to REPEAL Common Core in Ohio.  Find their phone number HERE.
Gongwer News Service reports the Common Core repeal bill HB 597 was voted out of committee yesteriday on a 7-2 vote with no amendments. All seven Republicans on the committee voted for moving the legislation while the only two Democrats in attendance dissented.

The bill is now set to go before the full House during the November lame duck […]

Phone Calls Needed Today: Common Core Repeal Bill Set for Committee Vote

Gongwer News Service reports that the House Rules and Reference Committee will vote on Wednesday November 5th at 1:30 PM on whether to move the Common Core repeal bill HB 597 out of committee.
Your support is needed today to ensure that Republican committee members understand the importance of moving the Common Core repeal bill to the full House.  Please call the following committee members TODAY and tell them to vote “Yes” on reporting HB […]

Obituary of Brenda Lee Mack

Brenda Lee Mack
1957 – 2014
Canfield – Brenda Lee Mack, 57, passed away peacefully, Saturday morning, November 1, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Health Center after a short illness.

Brenda was born July 17, 1957 in Salem, a daughter of Richard and Bernice Wells Hill.

Raised in Lisbon, she was a 1976 graduate of Southern Local High School. Brenda attended Harding Business College in Youngstown, received a business degree from Kent State University, and was to graduate in […]

By |November 3rd, 2014|Misc|0 Comments
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