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Donald Trump, ahead in new Ohio poll, swings through Cleveland: Ohio Politics Roundup
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump visits a Cleveland charter school to talk education. The billionaire leads Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Ohio by 4 points, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Read more in today's Ohio Politics Roundup. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump visits a Cleveland charter school to talk education. The billionaire leads Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Ohio by 4 points, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Read more in today's Ohio Politics Roundup. Trump's Throwback Thursday: During a visit to a charter school on Cleveland's East Side, Trump looked to the past while continuing to make his case for an urban agenda, cleveland.com's Andrew J. Tobias reported. "If we can put a man on the moon, dig out the Panama Canal and win two World Wars, I have no doubt that we can provide school choice to every disadvantaged child in the country," Trump said during his 40-minute speech, which focused on education issues. The scene at Trump's visit: Trump fans and detractors peacefully faced off before the billionaire's appearance at the Cleveland Arts & Social Sciences Academy charter school, cleveland.com reporter Henry Gomez writes. "Fans of the Republican nominee for president outnumbered the foes. Their encounter was mostly peaceful, but hardly polite," writes Gomez, who posted a video of the encounter. "Most of those outside demonstrating against Trump were abortion-rights advocates who are upset with the New York businessman's shifty, but ultimately anti-abortion stance." Background on Trump's charter school visit: The owner of the charter school Trump visited, Ron Packard, is a "major figure in the national charter school community for years," Plain Dealer reporter Patrick O'Donnell writes. "He's also made several moves in the last two years to be a significant charter school force in Ohio." Packard said he did not offer his school to Trump because he is a supporter. "My position is irrelevant," he said. "I wouldn't say I am a supporter or I'm not. I support school choice and what's relevant is the attention for high quality charter schools." Trump's visit to CASSA was not without controversy, O'Donnell writes. Critics "blasted the choice of CASSA for Trump's speech today, pointing to the school's poor grades on Ohio's 2014-15 school report cards," O'Donnell writes. "CASSA, located at 10701 Shaker Blvd., received a D for Performance Index, a composite of scores across multiple grades and subjects that Ohio uses to summarize results." Things are looking up for Trump in Ohio:  The billionaire leads Clinton in the Buckeye State by 4 points, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. "The Quinnipiac University survey marks the first time Trump has led an Ohio presidential poll since May," cleveland.com reporter Jeremy Pelzer writes. "The survey found that Trump leads Clinton 41 percent to 37 percent among likely Ohio voters. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson polled 14 percent, while the Green Party's Jill Stein had 4 percent support. In a head-to-head matchup, the poll found that Trump is ahead of Clinton 46 percent to 45 percent. "The results show that Ohio's presidential election may ultimately be decided by supporters of Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, according to Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll." Ohio generals support Clinton: Two Ohio generals stressed their support for Clinton in Cleveland on Tuesday, ahead of Trump's visit. "Four Star Retired Gen. Johnnie Wilson, who grew up in Lorain, emphasized Clinton's commitment to the military and their families -- and said he was hurt by Trump's criticism of a Khizr Khan, a Muslim American military father who lost his son in Iraq," I write in my report. "Hillary has been a staunch supporter of the military her entire adult life," Wilson said.  "She understands what a military family endures."  Higher taxes? Ten school districts across Cuyahoga County plan to ask voters in this November for more money. "Four of those issues ask voters to approve more tax dollars for expenses. Another two are bond issues that would raise money for school construction and renovation," cleveland.com reporter Robert Higgs writes. "The remaining four issues are a combination of the two - issues that would allow the district to sell bonds for construction and improvement projects and levy a tax to pay off those bonds. They also would levy an additional tax for further improvements." Protecting victims: People who survived domestic abuse can now vote in Ohio without having their address becoming public, cleveland.com reporter Emily Bamforth writes. "The Safe At Home program aims to protect Ohioans whose abusers might seek out their public information," Bamforth writes. "Its launch comes a month before the deadline for voter registration for this year's presidential election." Marijuana and Ohio: Medical marijuana became legal in Ohio on Thursday -- but patients won't be able to purchase the drug in the Buckeye State for another year or two, cleveland.com reporter Jackie Borchardt writes. "Starting today, patients who would qualify for the program have an 'affirmative defense' against prosecution for possessing marijuana and paraphernalia that would be legal under the law, if a doctor signs off," Borchardt writes. "The affirmative defense only protects patients using one of the forms described in the law: Marijuana-infused edibles, tinctures, oils, patches and plant material. The law prohibits smoking marijuana and allows vaping, but the final list of approved forms and methods will be decided by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy." The law doesn't make it clear how patients are supposed to procure the drug. It's illegal to grow in Ohio, and it's against federal law to bring marijuana from a legal state into Ohio. Meanwhile: A state lawmaker is asking Ohio municipalities to not ban or restrict medical marijuana. "In an open letter, Sen. Kenny Yuko acknowledged the concerns communities have about Ohio's new medical marijuana law but reminded them it will be months or even years before businesses will be growing or selling marijuana," Borchardt writes. "The Richmond Heights Democrat issued the letter on Wednesday, the day before Ohio's medical marijuana took effect." "I understand the urge to act, but keep an open mind," Yuko wrote. "Please consider all the good that this medicine can do for the citizens of your communities." Other parts of the country watching Ohio: Medical marijuana observers in Colorado, a state that helped pioneer the drug, see potential in Ohio's future marketplace. "Medicine Man was among the first medical marijuana companies in Colorado, and it plans to help Ohio businesses get off the ground. Carrie Roberts, a licensing consultant with the company's consulting arm, Medicine Man Technologies, said the law's medical conditions and allowed forms should encourage a healthy market," Borchardt writes. "The rules we've seen so far are very robust and it looks like Ohio could be a very good marketplace both for patients and business operators," Roberts told Borchardt.  Ohio Senate race: Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Ted Strickland's campaign is criticizing a new Rob Portman TV ad, which touts the senator's work on behalf of an Ohio company previously accused of delivering faulty helmets to the U.S. Army, cleveland.com reporter Jeremy Pelzer reports. The ad, seen on the air in Cleveland, highlights the Republican senator's efforts to ensure Hebron-based ArmorSource was able to successfully bid to make the Army's lightweight advanced combat helmet, securing more than 200 jobs. But earlier this year, ArmorSource paid $3 million to settle allegations that a different kind of helmet, sold to the U.S. military between 2006 and 2009, failed ballistic safety tests. Strickland campaign spokesman David Bergstein said in a statement that Portman should apologize to Ohio's military families and take down the ad. "It's hard to know what's worse: that Senator Portman would champion a company that was endangering the lives of our military service members by producing faulty helmets, or that Portman is using this same company to try and win his political campaign," Bergstein said. Portman campaign spokeswoman Michawn Rich said in a statement that the Republican incumbent is "proud" to have helped ArmorSource secure the contract. An ArmorSource spokesman didn't return a phone call Wednesday seeking comment. Beautiful politicos: Bay Village native and Rep. Tim Ryan legislative aide Samantha Fay made The Hill's 50 most beautiful list. How exciting for her. In a short profile, the 25-year-old reveals her feelings about makeup. We learn that, for Fay, "having a polished look is just as important in her professional life as having refined policy chops," The Hill writes. "Wearing makeup is like putting on your war paint," Fay told the Hill. "It calms me down, I can relax into it, and at the end of it, I feel like I am ready for anything." She also likes to dance. Get Battleground Briefing, our FREE politics newsletter, delivered to your inbox: Sign up here. Tips or links? Send here. Follow along on Twitter: @_marykilpatrick.
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Philly Clout: Rick Mariano — now with ponytail — returns to Council chambers
RICK MARIANO - you know, former city councilman, did about five years in the clink for bribery, tried his hand at stand-up comedy, learned Krav Maga, says whatever he damn well pleases these days - made a surprise visit to City Council's chambers on Thursday for its first session back from summer vacation.
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Trump touts school choice in Cleveland
CLEVELAND — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump rolled out his $20 billion plan for “school choice” in an appearance at a charter school in a predominantly black area on Cleveland’s east side.
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Donald Trump Releases Education Proposal, Promoting School Choice
Mr. Trump on Thursday promised to direct $20 billion in federal grants for poor children to attend a school of their family’s choice.
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For the future of New York’s kids: Post endorsements in legislative primaries
Tuesday’s primaries will effectively decide the final winner in legislative races across New York. In many Democratic districts, the nominee is unlikely to agree with us on taxes, crime or other issues. But Democrats are divided on one of our top concerns — creating new and better options for New York’s schoolchildren. Lawmakers answering to...
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Teachers approve union at King of Prussia cyber school
Teachers at the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School in King of Prussia have unionized. After a long wait that included a controversial decision by the full National Labor Relations Board, ballots counted on Wednesday showed that teachers at the school had voted 57 to 15 in favor of being represented by the PA Virtual Education Association, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
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Donald Trump proposes expanded 'school choice' during visit to Cleveland charter school
Donald Trump looked back to the Baby Boomer generation and earlier during a Thursday afternoon speech at a Cleveland charter school, where he argued for an expansion of "school choice." CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Donald Trump looked back to the Baby Boomer generation and earlier during a Thursday afternoon speech at a Cleveland charter school, where he argued for an expansion of "school choice." "If we can put a man on the moon, dig out the Panama Canal and win two World Wars, I have no doubt that we can provide school choice to every disadvantaged child in the country," Trump said during his 40-minute speech, which focused on education issues. Trump spoke to a small, invitation-only crowd in the cafeteria of the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy, run by Accel Schools, an Arizona-based, for-profit operator of charter schools. He unveiled an education plan that included expanding merit pay, and creating a program to award $20 billion in grants for impoverished children to pursue "school choice" -- a catch-all phrase that refers to anything but traditional, government-run schools. The appearance at the school, in the heavily African-American Woodland Hills neighborhood, was part of Trump's ongoing effort to smooth over his "politically incorrect" political persona that many black voters and others have perceived as racist. Trump, speaking quietly and reading from a teleprompter, spoke of his intention to expand opportunities for inner-city residents and others. "My job will be to ensure that any American, African-American, Hispanic, anyone, will be placed on the ladder to success," Trump said. "I define that as a great education and a great job." He added: "You cannot have prosperity without safety. This is the new civil rights agenda of our time." http://www.cleveland.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/09/scenes_from_a_donald_trump_eve.html Charter debate ongoing Trump's speech touched a nerve of the charter-school debate -- opponents argue that diverting public money toward charter schools does so at the expense of traditional ones, which are more accountable. Last year, lawmakers passed a series of reforms meant to improve oversight of charter schools, some of which have been particularly troubled in Ohio. And, a state government effort is ongoing to audit the $108 million in state funding sent to ECOT, the largest online school in the state, to see whether the school inflated the hours students actually spent taking online courses. "In Ohio, we've seen more than enough of the 'solutions' Donald Trump is selling, but we're not buying," Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Teachers Federation, said in a statement. "Unregulated, unaccountable for-profit charter schools--like the one Trump is visiting today--have destabilized our public districts, defrauded taxpayers, and left our kids and educators worse off, not better." Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's published education plan includes increasing federal funding to modernize school buildings, improving teacher training and pay and working to end the "school to prison pipeline" by reforming laws and disciplinary policies and putting money toward behavioral interventions. Clinton has made supportive statements about charter schools in general, although she has criticized those operated by for-profit companies like the one that owns the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy. Trump insists he opposed Iraq war from the start Trump dedicated much of the beginning of his speech to doubling down on his frequent claim, which independent fact-checkers have found to be false, that he opposed the 2003 war in Iraq from the very beginning. He acknowledged telling Howard Stern in September 2002, the month before Congress voted to authorize the invasion, that he "guessed" he was in favor of invading Iraq. But he also cited instances in 2004 where he was quoted opposing the war, claiming that his subsequent statements "superseded" his earlier ones. Trump summed up his claims about the Iraq War: "Had I been in Congress at the time, I would have cast a vote in opposition." Trump also declared that had he would have been "tougher on terrorism." "Osama bin Laden would have been "caught a long time ago before he was ultimately caught... prior to the demolition of the World Trade Center," Trump said. Trump meets with students, school officials Before Trump's speech, he met for 20 minutes for a "roundtable" discussion in one of the school's classrooms with a group of students, charter-school officials and others. Seated to Trump's right was Debroah Mays, the head of the school. To his left was Ron Packard, the CEO of ACCEL schools. Packard, a prominent figure in the charter-schools market, in 2015 bought the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy and other schools as part of an expansion into the Ohio education marketplace, The Plain Dealer has reported. http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/09/owner_of_charter_school_hosting_donald_trump_today_is_a_national_charter_figure_with_a_growing_ohio_presence.html Trump asked the students what they thought of how the school compared to a traditional public school. He also asked school officials and State Rep. Andrew Brenner, the Republican chair of the Ohio house's education committee, about charter-school funding in Ohio. Among the school officials who participated was Chris Delk, a school board member who is a Cleveland police detective. Delk said he is passionate about the charter-school movement because it provides an opportunity for him to show children that "not all police are bad." Trump responded by praising Cleveland police for their performance during the Republican National Convention. "Say hello to your commissioner... your chief. They were absolutely fantastic. You know, for weeks they were ohh, there's going to be riots," said Trump, who himself in March predicted "riots" if he were to have been blocked from receiving the nomination. "But they kept it down. It was so an incredible job. Really professional. So thank you." http://www.cleveland.com/rnc-2016/index.ssf/2016/03/donald_trump_i_think_youd_have_riots.html In an interview, Mays said she didn't want to speculate why her school was chosen. But she said while Trump's visit complicated the school day, it provided the school an opportunity to talk to him about charter-school funding issues. "For the children who were exposed to [the visit], I definitely think it was a wonderful educational experience. You turn on the news, and you see politics every day. But for our [students] who were exposed to it, this was a chance to see it up close and personal," she said. Later Thursday, Trump headed to a pair of private fundraisers -- one at the TownHall restaurant in the Ohio City neighborhood organized by Cuyahoga County Republican Party Chairman Rob Frost and Tony George, a politically active local businessman, and another at the home of Ed Crawford, an industrialist who is the state finance chair for Trump's presidential campaign. Trump was last in Cleveland on Monday, when he participated in a "roundtable discussion" with a few organized-labor figures before dropping by the Canfield Fair in Mahoning County.
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Trump pitches $20 billion education plan at Ohio charter school that received poor marks from state
The Republican nominee faced questions about his visit before he even arrived.
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Donald Trump proposes $20 billion school voucher education plan
Eric DuVallWASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump unveiled a $20 billion initiative to enable children from poor families to choose which school they will attend.
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Owner of charter school hosting Donald Trump today is a national charter figure with a growing Ohio presence
Donald Trump's speech at the Cleveland Arts and Sciences Academy (CASSA) charter school draws attention to the ACCEL charter network created by former K12 Inc founder Ron Packard Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio - Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump's appearance this afternoon at the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy (CASSA) is drawing attention to a charter school that usually escapes notice. But its owner Ron Packard has been a major figure in the national charter school community for years as the founder and former CEO of online school powerhouse K12 Inc. He's also made several moves in the last two years to be a significant charter school force in Ohio. Packard helped build K12 into the largest provider of online classes, with e-schools in multiple states. Those include Ohio Virtual Academy, the second-largest  online school in Ohio, with 13,000 students. But Packard left K12 in 2014 and founded Pansophic Learning to create the new ACCEL Schools charter school network. Last year, he bought management rights to 12 schools from controversial charter operator White Hat Management and several schools, including CASSA, from the financially-struggling but higher-performing Mosaica network. Included in that group was Mosaica's highly-rated Columbus Preparatory Academy, which regularly is among the top-scoring charter schools on Ohio's state tests. "By purchasing both of these entities, it gave us a base business to build off of," Packard said late last year. "It's just very hard to start from nothing. We will open a lot of new schools, but this gave us a critical operating mass from which to build on." Accel schools now has 27 schools in Colorado, Ilinois, Michigan and Minnesota, with  the majority here in Ohio. Packard said he is not seeking to add online schools to compete with K12, but to run more traditional brick-and-mortar charters with some technology added to the mix. "My goal here is to have a network of extremely high-performing schools," he said. "That's what all charter schools should strive to do." Packard said he did not offer his school to Trump today because he is a supporter. "My position is irrelevant," he said. "I wouldn't say I am a supporter or I'm not. I support school choice and what's relevant is the attention for high quality charter schools." Before Trump's speech, Packard moderated a panel discussion of school choice and the value of charters. Charter critics, however, blasted the choice of CASSA for Trump's speech today, pointing to the school's poor grades on Ohio's 2014-15 school report cards. CASSA, located at 10701 Shaker Blvd., received a D for Performance Index, a composite of scores across multiple grades and subjects that Ohio uses to summarize results. The school also received an F in value-added, a measure of student growth and academic progress over a school year. "I'm sure you've seen by now that Donald Trump is scheduled to visit the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy today," said former state representative Steve Dyer, now a researcher for the union-aligned Innovation Ohio think tank. "I assume it's to argue for charter school efficacy. However, this schools received an F in student growth last year. Cleveland Municipal Schools got a C. " He continued: "So why would Trump visit such a school? Could it be because it is run by a for-profit company whose founder is a notable (and wealthy) player active in education politics? " Packard said that criticism is unfair and noted that CASSA's scores plummeted in 2014-15 in Ohio's first year using online Common Core-based tests through PARCC. Ohio dumped PARCC last summer after schools had many problems with its online platform. "I view all PARCC results as basically invalid and that's why the state has given all the public schools basically a pass on it," Packard said, referring to the "safe harbor" Ohio has set to prevent any  negative consequences of poor test scores as the state transitions to new tests. In 2013-14, before PARCC, CASSA received a C for Performance Index and an A for the value-added progress measure. New state report cards for 2015-16, the first year after PARCC, will be released next Thursday.
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New Ohio schools Superintendent Paolo DeMaria must advocate for children: editorial
Ohio's new schools Superintendent Paolo DeMaria has a chance to show that he can stand up to political pressure, unlike some of the state's recent superintendents, and that he will be a committed advocate for our children, writes the editorial board. Ohio's new schools superintendent, Paolo DeMaria, might have a hard time filling the shoes of some of his predecessors -- not because they were so big, but because they were so small.  More on Ohio's new school chief This gives DeMaria an opportunity to show that his key concern is ensuring that Ohio's children get a top-notch education and that their parents and the public have a permanent seat at the table for any decisions. In particular, DeMaria needs to work hard to keep the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) insulated from political pressure. His predecessors did not achieve those goals. Richard Ross, who retired last year, was sandbagged by former school choice director David Hansen's deliberate omission of the failing grades of online charter schools. Hansen resigned from ODE soon after. He is the husband of Beth Hansen, Kasich's chief of staff and former presidential campaign manager.   Before that, schools Superintendent Stan Heffner handed in his retirement papers in 2012 after Ohio Inspector General Randall Meyer said he lobbied the state on behalf of an education company he had agreed to work for -- which shows he had little consideration for the needs of Ohio's children or its taxpayers.  DeMaria ought to set the bar higher for the Ohio superintendency than it has been for some time.  There are clear signs that DeMaria is willing to do the job -- especially given his crackdown on inadequate reporting by publicly funded charter schools in Ohio -- but to ensure that DeMaria has a clear field for reform, there needs to be a change in the governor's office as well. About our editorials Editorials express the view of the editorial board of cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer -- the senior leadership and editorial-writing staff. As is traditional, editorials are unsigned and intended to be seen as the voice of the news organization. * Talk about the topic of this editorial in the comments below. * Send a letter to the editor, which will be considered for print publication. * Email general questions or comments about the editorial board to Elizabeth Sullivan, opinion director for cleveland.com. // $('.floatingSeries').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','line-height':'20px','color':'#333333','width':'255px','margin':'10px','margin-right':'0px','float':'right','border-bottom-color':'#dadada','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'1px','padding-bottom':'2px'});$('.floatingSeries h3').css({'text-transform':'uppercase','color':'#363636','font-size':'30px','line-height':'28px','padding-bottom':'7px','border-bottom-color':'#363636','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'4px'}); $('.floatingSeries ul').css({'list-style-type':'none','list-style-position':'outside','list-style-image':'none','margin':'0px','padding':'0px'});$('.floatingSeries li').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','font-weight':'normal','color':'#333333','font-weight':'bold','line-height':'20px','border-top-width':'1px','border-top-style':'solid','border-top-color':'#cccccc','margin':'0px','margin-top':'6px','margin-bottom':'6px','padding':'0px','padding-top':'6px','padding-bottom':'4px','color':'#333333','text-decoration':'none'});$('.floatingSeries a:link').css('color','#333333');$('.floatingSeries h3').css('margin-bottom','2px'); // ]]> Gov. John Kasich must be more outspoken and explicit in showing his support for DeMaria in his fight with politically connected charter school interests. Admirably, DeMaria has resisted legislative efforts to defang House Bill 2, Ohio's tough new charter school reform law that requires improved ODE evaluations and oversight. That's critical, since some Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly already have blocked a new rule prompted by HB 2 that required charter school sponsors to prove to the state that they are complying with all of its rules - about 300 in all. Instead, lawmakers sent the rule to a rule-making committee to evaluate, a delaying tactic that could take months. The evaluations are supposed to be done by Oct. 15. DeMaria, in response, decided to take a random sample of 10 percent of each of the sponsors' schools to meet the requirement and complete the evaluations by the deadline. That was smart. But Kasich should have spoken up and told meddlesome legislators to follow the law. Speak up for charter school reform, Gov. Kasich ODE under DeMaria has also been fighting a legal battle to get student attendance records from ECOT, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online school that has been criticized by the state for failing to show that its students have the required 920 hours of active learning in an academic year. DeMaria also has to make sure that the 19-member elected state board of education -- his immediate bosses -- and the public are in the loop.  That didn't happen under Ross, who engaged, with the help of some Mahoning County officials and others, in a top-secret state takeover of the underperforming Youngstown schools without the knowledge of either state school board members or the city. Ross' lack of full transparency poisoned politics on the board and tainted his reputation. DeMaria needs to learn from his predecessors' mistakes and make sure he is an honest advocate who sees his job as working on behalf of Ohio's children and being open and honest with the public. If he can achieve those goals, he could be one of the best superintendents that Ohio has had in some time. Have something to say about this topic? Use the comments to share your thoughts, and stay informed when readers reply to your comments by using the Notification Settings just below.
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Donald Trump to appear at Cleveland charter school Thursday
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is scheduled to stop by a Cleveland charter school on Thursday before he heads to a pair of private fundraisers here. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is scheduled to stop by a Cleveland charter school on Thursday before he heads to a pair of private fundraisers here. Trump will appear at 2 p.m. at the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy on Shaker Boulevard, according to a notice that appeared Wednesday afternoon on the Trump campaign website. The school is in the predominantly African-American Woodland Hills neighborhood on the city's East Side. The event is not open to the public, but is open to the media. A campaign aide did not immediately have additional details on the specifics of Trump's visit, although Trump, who has made supportive statements about charter schools, lately has made a conspicuous effort to try to salvage his image with minority voters. As previously reported by cleveland.com, Trump is expected to appear at a private fundraiser later Thursday afternoon at the TownHall restaurant on West 25th Street. Later in the evening, he is expected to appear for a private fundraiser at the home of Ed Crawford, a businessman and major GOP donor who is Trump's state finance chair. Trump's Thursday visit will be his second trip to Cleveland of the week. On Monday, he met with a small group of organized-labor figures at an American Legion hall in Brook Park.
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Traffic pollution poses invisible health risk for dozens of Denver schools
A new online mapping tool, part of a joint investigative project by two nonprofit news organizations, the Center for Public Integrity and Reveal, puts the issue in stark relief. Residents across Colorado and the nation can easily check which schools fall into red zones where traffic volume, and the accompanying air pollution, is worst, and orange zones where traffic volume is lower, but still potentially problematic for kids and staff who may spend long hours at their schools.
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Bill curbing suspensions, expulsions of youngest Maryland students nears final approval
Shirl Struck says her son, Noah, was getting suspended so often for acting out at Baltimore's Patterson Park Public Charter School that she had to quit her job.Noah is 6. He has autism."It didn't seem to me that suspension should ever be an option for them," the 49-year-old nurse said. "I mean,...
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Candidates for California governor touch on role of charter schools at a cordial forum
Essential Politics: Gov. Jerry Brown visits Washington, D.C., Schwarzenegger blasts Trump's approval ratings March 23, 2017, 4:52 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Gov. Jerry Brown is in Washington,...
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Hogan visits Montgomery County school with U.S. Education Secretary DeVos
Gov. Larry Hogan popped into a Montgomery County elementary school Thursday morning to read some Dr. Seuss. He shared the job with one of the Trump administration's most divisive figures: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.The Republican governor and DeVos greeted second graders from Carderock Springs...
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Philly district releases new charter school evaluations

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Split SRC approves plan to spend $2.9 billion in 2017-18

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Education Secretary DeVos criticized teachers at D.C. school she visited — and they're not having it
Newly minted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had a hard time getting inside the District of Columbia's Jefferson Middle School Academy last week when protesters briefly blocked her from entering. But at the end of her visit -- her first to a public school since taking office -- she stood on Jefferson's...
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Would 8:30 a.m. start time help students do better?
Essential Education: Restorative justice for parents Feb. 15, 2017, 4:02 p.m. Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest: L.A. Unified is looking at a way to smooth conflict between parents and schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy...
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Charter schools bill faces uncertain future in Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Democrat's proposal to establish a statewide charter school system faces an uncertain future in Montana, even as Republicans hailed it as an opportunity to lift struggling schools. Democratic Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy of Box Elder wants to establish a seven-member charter school commission to oversee ...
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DeVos pledges support for magnet schools
Todd Mann, executive director of the Magnet Schools of America group, urged DeVos to commit to increasing school funds        
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In her first public speech, DeVos focuses on magnet schools' attractions
Essential Education: Restorative justice for parents Feb. 15, 2017, 4:02 p.m. Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest: L.A. Unified is looking at a way to smooth conflict between parents and schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy...
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State school board president resigns over chimpanzee tweet
In an interview Wednesday morning, Mark Miller said his tweet had been 'misinterpreted and mischaracterized.'
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Donald Trump calls Betsy DeVos' confirmation fight 'unfair'
In parent-teacher meeting at White House, Trump defends DeVos confirmation as education secretary        
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Feds cite D.C. charters for high suspension rates, particularly for black students
A new Government Accountability Office report says suspension and expulsion rates for charters in Washington, D.C., are double the national rates and disproportionately high for black students and those with disabilities.
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Public schools step up fight to win back charter students

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Protesters briefly block Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s visit to a D.C. school
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos encountered protesters Friday morning outside a D.C. middle school and found her way barred as she tried to enter through a side door, forcing her to retreat into a government vehicle as a man shouted "Shame!"
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Fired employee files whistle-blower suit against Aspira, says federal probe underway

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DeVos backlash: Parents threaten to homeschool kids after appointment
Betsy DeVos’s confirmation as education secretary has prompted parents to threaten to homeschool their children, in response to the billionaire’s lack of education experience and her support for the privatization of education. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Essential Education: What changes does Betsy DeVos have in mind?
Essential Education: What changes does Betsy DeVos have in mind? Feb. 9, 2017, 10:30 a.m. In an effort to make refugees feel welcome, California lawmakers have introduced legislation to give them immediate in-state tuition and get more translators for schools. Because of a shift in the investing...
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Turkish opposition subsidizes scores of state lawmakers' trips
Gulen groups are connected to U.S. charter school network that state legislators oversee.       
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Should Colorado charter schools get a share of local tax increases? Some Colorado lawmakers think so.
Teachers at the Ricardo Flores Magón Academy charter school in Westminster have been forced to take four days of unpaid leave to help balance this year’s budget.
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DeVos ekes out confirmation win as Pence casts historic vote
WASHINGTON — Charter school advocate Betsy DeVos won confirmation as U.S. Education secretary Tuesday by the slimmest of margins, pushed to approval only by the historic tie-breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence.Two Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, joined Democrats in a marathon effort to derail the nomination of the wealthy Republican donor. The Senate historian said Pence's vote was the first by a vice president to break a 50-50 tie on a Cabinet nomination.
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Maryland Democrats blast Hogan's education agenda, likening it to Trump's
Maryland Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday made their case against a series of state education bills that they say push a "privatization agenda" also championed by President Donald Trump and his controversial new education secretary, Betsy DeVos. Dozens of Democrats joined the state teachers union...
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Parents, students rally against charter school cap
ALBANY — About 1,500 charter school students and parents descended on the state capital Tuesday to demand that lawmakers eliminate a cap on charters, fund them at a level comparable to other public schools and allow co-locations. The annual Charter School Advocacy Day included visits to lawmakers offices and a rally where several elected officials...
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State legislators, education officials react to appointment of Betsy DeVos
Some Pennsylvania education advocates are disappointed that Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos is officially the U.S. Secretary of Education, but many said today they will continue to press her to protect public education.
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North Las Vegas assemblywoman’s bill would end Achievement School District
A bill to kill the controversial charter school district established in the last legislative session was introduced Tuesday.
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Betsy DeVos: Fighter for kids or destroyer of public schools?
There were strong, mixed opinions Wednesday after Donald Trump appointed Betsy DeVos as education secretary        
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The lesson of Betsy DeVos' confirmation: Not voting has consequences
To the editor: It is clear to me after the Senate voted 51-50 (with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie) to confirm Betsy DeVos as secretary of Education that the Republicans care nothing about honesty or qualifications; this woman has no idea of what education means in this country. She...
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Betsy DeVos confirmed Education secretary; Pence casts deciding vote
Democrats said she had no experience as an educator, administrator or even as a parent or student in public schools.         
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Betsy DeVos confirmed Education secretary in historic vote
Democrats said she had no experience as an educator, administrator or even as a parent or student in public schools.         
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Betsy DeVos is confirmed as U.S. education secretary
Vice President Mike Pence had to vote as the tiebreaker after senators split 50-to-50 on confirming Betsy DeVos as education secretary. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Senate has confirmed Betsy DeVos, a controversial school-choice proponent, as U.S. education secretary, a win for President Donald Trump as he moves to shake up domestic policy. The vote just squeaked by, with Vice President Mike Pence serving as a tiebreaker for the 50-to-50 vote. Every Senate Democrat voted no, as did two Republicans. "I can't support Betsy Devos because I can't look Ohio parents in the eye and tell them she won't put profits before education," Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, said on the Senate floor in an impassioned speech. Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, subject of an intensive email and phone campaign from critics, voted for confirmation. Portman said he is convinced DeVos believes in public education and will work to provide opportunities for all students. "She's led the most effective school reform movement in 30 years," said Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican and former education secretary who chairs the Senate education committee. Trump, like DeVos, supports expanding the use of tax money for vouchers and private schools, giving parents and students more choices of where education dollars are spent. Proponents of school choice, including many Republicans, say this creates competition that can spur public school improvement, and puts more power for decisions in parents' hands. Sen. Tim Scott, a South Carolina Republican, said more choice would help students in districts like Detroit's, where he said only 9 percent of African-American children and 13 percent of white children meet standards for English. "We need to make sure the kids of America have a choice," Scott said. Critics, including teachers' unions, public school board members and many Democrats, say it drains public schools of needed tax money and sometimes siphons off higher-achieving students and motivated families. This can leave public schools with a bigger education challenge and an unbalanced student mix -- while also leaving them with less money. Charter schools, some run by corporations, have been controversial in Ohio for a lack of accountability and questionable record-keeping.  DeVos, a billionaire philanthropist whose father-in-law cofounded Amway, has been a figurehead in the for-profit charter school movement. She has chaired groups including All Children Matter, a pro-charter school political group fined by Ohio in 2008 for campaign law violations. DeVos donated to the committee's defense but says the fine, with which fees has now reached $5.3 million, is not her obligation. Democrats, backed by an aggressive call-in and letter-writing campaign from public school teachers and liberal advocacy groups, blocked the nomination as long as they could. After a 24 hour mock filibuster filled with anti-DeVos speeches, Democrats yielded back the floor back at noon Tuesday to Republicans, who even with two "no" votes mustered 50 votes for confirmation. With the nomination one vote shy of a majority in the 100-member Senate, Pence, sitting in as the presiding officer, cast the deciding vote. Two dissenting Republicans, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collin of Maine, agreed with Democrats' criticism. DeVos, the critics said, not only wanted to divert money from public schools but showed a questionable mastery of education policy and law. For example, she said at a confirmation hearing that schooling for children with disabilities "is a matter better left to the state." She later corrected herself in a letter. The federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act requires schools to provide a free and appropriate education, and following the law is not supposed to be up to states.
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Column: School choice boosts civil rights
Parents should have the freedom and ability to send their kids to a school of their choice, Brice writes        
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What you need to know about Betsy DeVos
Here is a recap of the Detroit Free Press coverage over the past few years as it pertains to charter schools in Detroit        
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U.S. Senate must reject DeVos appointment
DeVos is unqualified in every respect to serve as head of this critical department.        
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Now Cuomo and de Blasio are squabbling over school funding
Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are waging a nasty food fight over education funding. Cuomo delivered a shot at City Hall, claiming he and state lawmakers have done more to aid New York City schools than the mayor and the City Council. Cuomo’s budget office said the state increased education aid to the city...
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Alianna's last journey down Kinsman Road offers lessons in the dark: Phillip Morris
Alianna DeFreeze went missing on a dark Kinsman Avenue where many children continue to find their own way to school. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The light from Marshall's Barbershop flickers onto Kinsman Road at 4:30 most mornings. The shop is known for catering to men who want a haircut or shave before the sun comes up. The late Congressman Louis Stokes was a regular. The rest of the Mount Pleasant neighborhood is not so bright or inviting in the pre-dawn hours. Diagonally across Kinsman Road stands the former St. Cecilia Church, a parish that catered to inner-city Catholics for nearly a century until its membership tanked and Bishop Richard Lennon closed it in 2010. The street corner of the darkened building, since repurposed into a non-denominational church, hosts an RTA bus stop. That is where the beginning of the end started for Alianna DeFreeze, 14, whose body was found three miles away in an abandoned house last Sunday. Christopher Whitaker, a registered sex offender, was arrested Thursday and charged with her murder. Troubling questions now confront the city. How did Alianna go missing at a busy intersection in the shadow of Cleveland Police Fourth District headquarters? How can we better protect our children as we send them off to schools in neighborhoods where predators lurk and danger constantly fills the streets? Alianna's murder is a jarring wake-up call that comes at the cost of a teen's life. We know how her tragic story ultimately ends. Now we must determine how it began two Thursday mornings ago, and what lessons we can learn. We know that Alianna's final trip down Kinsman was in the dark aboard an RTA bus. What did she see? Who saw her? Was she ever really safe during any part of her journey to school? I rode the No. 14 RTA bus early Thursday morning, and walked along Kinsman Road and Union Avenue to try and get a sense of what Alianna's final pre-dawn ride and walk might have been like. I was stunned and worried by what I saw: a large number of children moving about. Unescorted children. These children, even the larger ones, were easily identifiable by their book bags, the way they talked, or their plastic RTA bus passes, which some of them wore around their necks. A week earlier, Alianna was one of those children. She boarded the No. 14 bus just after 6:30 a.m. on her way to E Prep & Village Prep Woodland Hills, a high-performing charter school. It's a 15-minute RTA ride that took her through the heart of a still-darkened neighborhood filled with beauty salons, social service agencies, collapsing buildings and churches -- lots of churches. She got off the bus at East 91st Street, near Union Avenue, and quickly went missing. A week later, in the wake of her highly publicized kidnapping and murder, countless children still were boarding public transportation or walking along the darkened streets without chaperones. Why? I wasn't the only one pondering that question. "I am surprised at the number of children I see out here by themselves. I'm keeping an eye on them," said Charles Lewis, who works for One Six Security, which provides security for some Cleveland charter schools. "If I see a child who's acting nervous or just has an uncomfortable look, I will walk with them and make sure they're OK. But as long as they're laughing and acting like children, I'll just keep an eye on them and make sure they get to where they need to go." Lewis was standing down the street from the Fourth District police station when we spoke Thursday. He said he was moved to the Kinsman and Union Avenue intersection near Alianna's school after she went missing. He now spends at least four hours a day watching for children as they transfer from the No. 14 bus and get onto the No. 10 (the route that Alianna took before she went missing). But why do we wait before we act? Why do we reassign professional crossing guards and child protectors like Lewis to dangerous intersections after a life has already been snatched? How many more dangerous sexual predators walk among us? How do we intend to protect our children from them? This city must address those questions now and in the coming mayoral election. How can we continue to push school reforms, when the path to the schoolhouse door is fraught with danger? Cleveland has lately been heralded as a city brimming with comeback stories and economic potential. We hosted a highly praised Republican National Convention, and our sports teams have generated a form of social currency that is good for the hospitality industry and some downtown development. What does it all mean if a seventh grader can't ride a bus safely to school? The city and its schools have a primary role to play in protecting the young after they leave the safekeeping of their parents. But so do neighborhood anchors. The number of darkened churches that Alianna passed on her final morning led me to ask what some might consider an unfair question. What if the Mount Pleasant churches along Kinsman Road turned on their lights each morning when children headed off to school? Would it help? Would it cause a predator or any other criminal to think twice before striking? Maybe it does take a lighted village of churches to help guide a child -- especially in dangerous hours before dawn. Alianna's final journey down Kinsman Road started next to a dark church, across the street from a well-lit barbershop. The barbershop is considered a neighborhood anchor and a safe place. Then the girl's life journey was brutally interrupted near an intersection in which she should have been safe. Every neighborhood has a stake in protecting its young. It's a matter of wanting and finding a way to make a difference. That is one of the necessary and painful lessons of Alianna's death.
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School choice advocates see ally in GOP Gov. Sununu
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Advocates of educational choice see an ally in Gov. Chris Sununu, New Hampshire's first Republican governor in a dozen years. Sununu supports legislation that would allow some towns to use public money for private school tuition and has nominated a businessman who homeschooled his children to ...
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Vacant church complex to house regional theater, school
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The former St. Rose de Lima Church and School on Bayou Road, vacant for more than a decade, are a step closer to revival. The New Orleans City Council signed off this week on plans to transform the three-building complex in the 7th Ward into the ...
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