COLUMBUS– The latest Public Policy Polling Ohio Survey shows the State Auditor’s race between Democratic candidate John Patrick Carney and incumbent Dave Yost as nearly neck-and-neck. 40% of people polled stated they would vote for John Patrick Carney, while 42% stated they would vote for Dave Yost, and 17% remained undecided.
CINCINNATI – Today, Auditor of State candidate and State Representative John Patrick Carney joined southwest Ohio leaders to voice concerns about local public tax dollars being lost to failing charter schools in Hamilton and Butler Counties.
The most recent Ohio Department of Education report card data shows thousands of dollars in school funding are being diverted from highly ranked public schools to lower ranked or failing charter schools.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio has yet to regain at least 120,000 jobs it lost since the recession began more than six years ago.
When the national unemployment numbers for May were released last month, they were accompanied by a certain degree of fanfare. The U.S. economy had recovered the jobs it had lost since the recession officially began in December 2007. Ohio’s jobs report for May, released two weeks later, wasn’t as eventful.
Reports Point Out Ongoing Problems At Ohio Charters, Little Oversight
COLUMBUS – A report recently published by the Akron Beacon Journal revealed disturbing details surrounding the operation of a chain of 19 publicly funded Ohio charter schools. The Horizon and Noble Academies were founded by Turkish immigrants and operate under the ‘Concept Schools’ name. The Akron Beacon Journal report questions the facts that the schools in Ohio were allowed to “hire 325 educators almost exclusively from Turkey” and that “as early as 2002, state audits found thousands of public dollars ‘illegally expended’ to finance the U.S. citizenship process for Turkish employees”. The report also highlighted another early state audit found “as many as 20 percent of teachers at one school were not licensed”.
TOLEDO BLADE PRAISES PEPPER’S PLAN TO SPEED UP RAPE KIT TESTING
CINCINNATI – Data released just before the July 4th holiday revealed that the backlog of untested rape kits sitting in the Attorney General’s Office has grown for the ninth straight month and now stands at a record high of 3,893 untested kits. Thousands more kits from around the state have yet to be submitted to the Attorney General for testing.