Workplace Freedom Update for Week of 9/7

Ohioans for Workplace Freedom volunteers were busy on Saturday collecting signatures in Hilliard at the Music and Craft Fair. This proved to be a good venue for Right to Work proponents as 166 signatures were collected.  With a little more help, volunteers could have easily doubled their total.

The successful effort on Saturday shows that the Right to Work message resonates strongly in Ohio and serves as motivation for proponents to continue pressing hard to […]

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Federal Judge Sides with Free Speech to Strike Down Ohio Law Banning False Campaign Statements

U.S. District Judge TImothy S. Black stuck down a 19-year-old Ohio law that prohibits false statements in political campaigns.  In his opinion, Judge Black made clear that the government should not be in the business of deciding truth in political speech – that should be left up to voters.

The Huffington Post quotes from Black’s opinion,
“Lies have no place in the political arena and serve no purpose other than to undermine the integrity of the democratic […]

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Ohio Teachers Win Class Settlement Against OEA and Regional Affiliates

Score a win for the little guy.  The Sidney Daily News reports that 14 Ohio public school teachers won a federal class action settlement against the OEA and 11 of its regional affiliates for overcharging non-full-members and illegally directing the funds to political activities.  As per U.S. Supreme Court precedent, unions cannot force non-members to contribute to a union’s political advocacy or other non-bargaining activities.

In addition, the OEA’s regional affiliates were collecting compulsory fees […]

Common Core Isn’t Free: How Much Has Your School District Spent?

An important, but unreported aspect of the Common Core debate is the amount of local taxpayer resources – both in terms of money and man hours – school districts have expended implementing the Common Core Standards.

The 2009 federal stimulus bill offered states and local school districts the opportunity to compete for Race to the Top (RTT) grants to help pay for innovative education reform initiatives.  What was not well publicized was that in order to […]

Ohio Supreme Court Argument Tuesday: Can Ohio Agencies Tax You Because It Rains?

Unconstitutional Northeast Ohio Sewer District tax on “impervious surfaces” is without legislative authorization, and is a property tax without the required voter approval.  

Columbus, OH – The Supreme Court of Ohio will on Tuesday morning hear oral arguments on whether the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, a Cleveland-Akron area administrative agency, lacks authority to tax and regulate property in response to rainwater, which is not “sewage”.

The Sewer District seeks to levy a tax on […]

Ohio Teacher Speaks Out Against Excessive Standardized Testing

Dawn Neely-Randall, an Ohio language arts teacher, speaks out boldly against excessive standardized testing in her article which was published by the Washington Post.  With the advent of the PARCC tests (the Common Core achievement tests) and the third grade reading guarantee, Ohio students are taking standardized tests multiple times a year.

Ms. Randall explains how this increased testing takes away from classroom time prohibiting children from reading “as many rich, engaging pieces of literature […]

Jindal Sues Feds Over Education Grants, State Sovereignty, and Common Core

Fox News reports that Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has sued the federal government over  federal intrusion into state education policy.  His suit cites the concerns of many Common Core opponents that the federal grant program tied to Common Core “effectively forces states down a path toward a national curriculum.”  Fox News describes the nature of the lawsuit as follows:  
“In the suit, Jindal argues that the Education Department’s $4.3 billion grant program ‘effectively […]

Common Core Fixes in Education MBR Not As Advertised

If the Common Core Repeal Bill (HB 597) makes its way out of the House Rules and Reference Committee, look for the Kasich administration to point to reforms included in the Education Mid-Biennium Review Bill (HB 487) as the answer to the public’s Common Core concerns.  In fact, the spin has already started.  A July 31st Cincinnati Enquirer article, “Common Core concerns Gov. Kasich too,” quotes Governor Kasich at an event at which he […]

Student Anonymity Can’t Be Guaranteed in Data Release

In light of the court ordered data release of Ohio public school student’s private educational information, it is important for parents to understand that leaving off student name, address, and social security number from a datafile does not mean that your child’s identity will remain anonymous.

Joy Pullman of the Heartland Institute discusses this issue with Richard Innis, educational analyst with the Bluegrass Institute, as they explore data privacy concerns with the extensive student data-tracking […]

Public Polling and Statehouse Activity All Point To Rough Waters Ahead for Common Core

The 46th annual PDK International/Gallup Poll on the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools was released last week, and for Common Core opponents, there’s good news – your message is resonating.  Here are some key findings from the poll:

In 2013, the PDK/Galllup poll found that 62% of Americans had never heard of Common Core.  But in 2014, 81% of Americans had heard about Common Core, with 47% indicating they know “a great deal or […]

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