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Christie orders flags to half-staff on 9/11
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has ordered flags at state government buildings lowered to half-staff on Sept. 11 in memory of those killed in the terrorist attacks. In his executive order, the Republican says almost 700 New Jerseyans were among the nearly 3,000 who perished 15 years ago. ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | President of the United States Federal government of the United States State U.S. state Government New Jersey Washington D.C. Sovereign state
Digital sign added to landmark theater gets mixed reviews
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A digital sign added to a downtown Sioux Falls landmark theater is raising eyebrows. The Argus Leader reports ( ) some city residents like the addition to the State Theatre and think it will get people's attention. For others it raises questions about the priorities ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | South Dakota U.S. state New York City History Argus Leader Theatre The Washington Times State
Letter: Volinsky is a fighter
Volinsky is a fighterBack in the days when it seemed like a fool’s errand to take on the school funding issue in this “local control”-obsessed state, one man stepped into the breach. Andru Volinsky spent literally thousands of hours spearheading the Claremont school funding suit, fending off a hosti...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Separation of powers U.S. state State School New Hampshire Federal government of the United States United States Constitution United States
Vandals caught on VIDEO destroying iconic Oregon sandstone formation
Drone footage has emerged showing the moment a group of three men pushed an iconic sandstone formation to the ground at an Oregon state park, causing it to crumble. While the trio claimed they’ve done the park a “favor,” social media responded with outrage. Read Full Article at
1007 points by Russia Today | Park Nature The Oregonian The Rock Grammatical person Social media State People
Ohio colleges field queries from potential ITT transfers
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Some Ohio colleges are fielding queries from potential transfer students left stranded in the midst of their studies when the for-profit chain ITT Technical Institute closed its campuses. The for-profit college closed its more than 130 campuses across 38 states after the U.S. Department of Education ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | University Ohio Democratic Party U.S. state United States State Sherrod Brown George Voinovich
I-69 contractor says Indiana incorrect on payment delays
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A contractor working on I-69 between Bloomington and Martinsville, Indiana says the state has given incorrect information about delayed contractor payments and construction delays. State officials have threatened to find I-69 Development Partners LLC in default of its contract to upgrade 21 miles of the highway, saying ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Indianapolis Construction Mississippi English-language films Indiana State The Washington Times Fort Wayne Indiana
Attorney general won't file charges in police shooting case
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state on Thursday closed its investigation into the shooting death of a Mexican national by Pasco police, and concluded that no charges would be filed against the three officers involved.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | United States Police Deadly force Spanish language State Hispanic Spanish people Washington
Pennsylvania IDs its first case of sexually transmitted Zika
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Health officials say they've identified the first person in Pennsylvania to get infected with the Zika virus through sex. Health Secretary Karen Murphy said Thursday a state resident contracted the disease while traveling in an area where the virus is being transmitted. That person infected his ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | United States Pennsylvania Human sexual behavior Sexual intercourse AIDS State Washington D.C. HIV
Cuomo says record of cop who choked Garner should be released
Gov. Cuomo isn’t buying Mayor de Blasio's excuse for not releasing the disciplinary records on the cop who choked Eric Garner.
576 points by Daily News | Civil liberties State Law Police Ed Koch Political philosophy Appeal The Cop
O'Donnell retiring as head of Rhode Island State Police
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The head of Rhode Island State Police is stepping down. Gov. Gina Raimondo said Thursday that Col. Steven O'Donnell will retire later this month. O'Donnell has been police superintendent for more than five years and has a decades-long career in law enforcement. He first joined the ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Rhode Island United States Police Providence Rhode Island Massachusetts U.S. state State Sheriff
Mike Coffman takes aim at challenger Morgan Carroll’s work as a state senator, personal injury lawyer in new radio ad
Mike Coffman is out with his first radio ad Thursday, and it's a doozy, alleging an "odor of corruption" around opponent Morgan Carroll's tenure as a state senator and her career as a lawyer. Carroll, a Democrat, is challenging Coffman in the 6th Congressional District.
38 points by The Denver Post | Lawyer Law firm Law Donald Trump United States Senate Small business Barrister State
Scott pushes to scrap Vermont's health care exchange
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Phil Scott says he wants to abandon the Vermont Health Connect insurance exchange. Scott, a Republican running for governor, made the announcement Wednesday in Burlington. He says his health care proposals would play a part in making the state more affordable. Scott has been ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Vermont Massachusetts United States Health insurance Health care Barack Obama State Kansas
Jeh Johnson says DHS effort is not a federal takeover of elections
Eric DuVallWASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said efforts to help states secure their online election systems are not a federal takeover of elections.
23 points by UPI | Voting Election State Elections Democratic National Committee United States Voting system President of the United States
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.
26 points by The Plain Dealer | Charter Charter school Alternative education Online schools High school Donald Trump State Minnesota
Court orders board to probe teacher's complaint about dues
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania appeals court says the state Labor Relations Board erred when it refused to investigate a college professor's complaint involving the alleged use of teacher union dues to promote the candidacy of Gov. Tom Wolf. State law prohibits public employee unions from using union funds ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Pennsylvania United States Appeal Law State Professor Harrisburg Pennsylvania Political philosophy
Cuomo questions NYPD halt on releasing officers’ disciplinary records
Gov. Cuomo on Thursday questioned why NYPD brass suddenly changed their interpretation of state law and ended the release of officers’ disciplinary records. Cuomo stopped just short to demanding that 1 Police Plaza reverse course, but said it’s best to “err on the side of disclosure.” “I understand there are two sides. I tend to...
10 points by New York Post | New York City State Manhattan New York New Jersey United States Police Criminal justice
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 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 // $('.floatingSeries').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','line-height':'20px','color':'#333333','width':'255px','margin':'10px','margin-right':'0px','float':'right','border-bottom-color':'#dadada','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'1px','padding-bottom':'2px'});$('.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.
44 points by The Plain Dealer | Charter school Charter State Public school School Alternative education Ohio Education
Nathan Deal calls for 20 percent pay raises for state officers, more police training

3341 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Police Georgia Law enforcement Georgia State Proposal Casey Cagle Police officer
Fewer traffic deaths this year over Labor Day weekend
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Authorities say fewer people were killed on Virginia's highways over Labor Day weekend this year compared to last year. State Police say seven traffic deaths were reported over the holiday weekend this year. That's down from 16 deaths over Labor Day weekend in 2015. Police say ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Labor Day Virginia Washington D.C. Federal holidays in the United States College football English-language films United States State
Texas Take: September 8, 2016
Texas Take for Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016
6 points by The Houston Chronicle | Republican Party State supreme court Revenue State President of the United States Republican National Committee Red states and blue states Maryland
Few public officials knew about Baltimore police surveillance program
It wasn't until media reports on aerial surveillance by the Baltimore Police Department appeared that key members of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration were briefed on the trial run — eight months after it had begun. Kaliope Parthemos, the mayor's chief of staff, and Neal M. Janey,...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | The Wire State Surveillance Crime Police Mayor Criminal justice United States
Republicans Ward and Beard focus emphasize education in District 8 Senate primary
Republican voters in state Senate District 8 will choose between two candidates in next week’s primary – one coming off a failed 2014 bid for state representative, and the other running for state office for the first time.Ruth Ward of Stoddard and Jim Beard of Lempster agree on a handful of issues,...
11 points by Concord Monitor | United States Senate Democracy State Republican Party United States Democratic Party
Atlanta school board to superintendent: “Good job, good buddy”

102 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | High school School district Better State Education Teacher School Superintendent
N.Y. governor signs law mandating lead testing in schools
The state's nearly 700 districts will conduct the testing by Oct. 31.       
37 points by USA Today | High school Water supply network State Water Drinking water Lead poisoning Infrastructure New York City
Suit: $12M for nine struggling schools in New York
Parents and advocates are suing to force state officials to cough up more than $12.4 million in extra funding for nine struggling schools.
7 points by Daily News | High school New York City College Secondary school School State School types Education
New York schools must test lead levels in water under law
Schools must test their drinking water for lead contamination by no later than Oct. 31 under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov.
69 points by Daily News | School Education State Water High school United States Legislature Water quality
Senate District 16 candidate Winterton claimed domicile in Florida for ‘tax purposes’
Donald Winterton may be facing challenges to his qualifications for candidacy in Senate District 16, but his name will be on the ballot no matter what comes of the allegations.The ballots were printed 30 days before the primary so they could be distributed to absentee voters. But questions of Winter...
36 points by Concord Monitor | Voting Democracy Voting system Manchester New Hampshire Election Democratic Party State U.S. state
'Detroit fatigue?' We've got Lansing fatigue
If state Republicans have Detroit fatigue, think how Detroit parents must feel.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Michigan Detroit Minnesota High school State Mike Cox Legislature Michigan State University
State data: Substantiated child abuse claims rose in 2015
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - New state data shows there were more than 4,200 substantiated child abuse claims last year, an increase of 863 from the year before.
-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Child abuse Report Neglect State Pennsylvania Sovereign state Human sexual behavior United States
Oregon Police Look for People Who Wrecked Popular ‘Duckbill’ Formation
Park officials first thought the sandstone had fallen naturally. But a video shows people toppling it.
550 points by The New York Times | Park United States Oregon Parks PARK State Anecdotal evidence Evidence
Newton man charged in fatal pizza shop crash
A Newton man faces motor vehicle homicide charges in connection with a fatal crash that took place in March in front of Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant in Newton, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan announced today.Bradford Casier, 55, is charged with two counts of motor vehicle homicide and one count of operating a motor vehicle to endanger after prosecutors say he drove his Volkswagen Touareg SUV across Washington Street in Newton, colliding with several cars before ultimately crashing through the front of the restaurant, killing two people inside.
10 points by Boston Herald | Police United States Volkswagen Automobile Sheriff Volkswagen Touareg State Four-wheel drive
Michigan may no longer require humans behind the wheel of self-driving cars
Michigan would no longer require that someone be inside a self-driving car while testing it on public roads under legislation passed unanimously Wednesday by the state Senate, where backers touted the measures as necessary to keep the U.S. auto industry's home state ahead of the curve on rapidly...
82 points by Los Angeles Times | Driverless car Automobile U.S. state United States Legislature Autonomous robot Personal rapid transit State
Gov. Brown on the more than 700 bills awaiting his signature: 'It's like a mini Phd in government structure and policy'
Essential Politics: California's top congressional races to watch, lawmakers back recall of judge in Stanford assault case Sept. 7, 2016, 2:13 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. This year's legislative session is over after a very busy...
3 points by Los Angeles Times | Government State United States Sovereign state Political philosophy Aristotle Governor of California California
Avon police officer on leave after drunken-driving arrest
An Avon police officer is on administrative leave after he was arrested on a drunken-driving charge. AVON, Ohio -- An Avon police officer is on administrative leave after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, according to an Avon police news release. George A. Ruple was cited Monday with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving left of center, a sergeant with the Elyria post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. "Until there is a disposition in the case the officer's status with our department will be dependent upon the officer's ability to drive," Avon police said in a written statement. "While we expect more from the employees in our department we respect the criminal justice process; so until there is a decision by the court, no discipline will be considered or issued." A state trooper stopped Ruple's car about 2:17 a.m. on Kinzel Road near Stoney Ridge Road in North Olmsted. Ruple was taken to the Sheffield Police Department for testing and released to another adult, the state patrol sergeant said. If you wish to discuss or comment on this story, please visit our crime and courts comments section. Like Chanda Neely on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter: Follow @ChandaNeely // !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+'://';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); // ]]>
21 points by The Plain Dealer | Police Crime Criminal justice Ohio State Highway Patrol Ohio Criminal law State North Carolina State Highway Patrol
Jerry Brown to sign climate change legislation Thursday
Essential Politics: California's top congressional races to watch, lawmakers back recall of judge in Stanford assault case Sept. 7, 2016, 12:25 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. This year's legislative session is over after a very busy...
267 points by Los Angeles Times | Government United States California State Scotland Law Political philosophy Aristotle
New law allows Sunday morning drink sales in New York
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - You'll now be able to order a Sunday mimosa, bloody mary or pint of beer two hours earlier in New York state. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed legislation allowing bars and restaurants to begin serving alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The previous time ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | New York City Alcoholic beverage New York Vodka State Pint Washington D.C. Pint glass
In Colorado, moving forward on carbon and climate
Re: “On climate change order, Hickenlooper faces a perception problem,” Aug. 30 editorial. The Denver Post notes the awkward timing of a leaked draft from the governor’s office, then hits the climate nail on the head, citing the need to move from a fossil-fuel economy to one based on renewable energy. The carbon dilemma must be addressed, […]
2 points by The Denver Post | United States State U.S. state Sovereign state Denver New England Government Climate change
Lawmakers mull options for DCYF abuse, neglect reports
Lawmakers are considering giving more options to child protection workers when they respond to reports of abuse and neglect. The change would let the state set up an option for abuses that don’t meet the threshold to take to court, but are still worrisome.Under the change, the Division for Children,...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Abuse Child abuse Legislatures Neglect Call option Legislature Childhood State
Windward beats McClatchy, 53-41, for CIF Division I title
It was a charismatic performance, one certainly worthy of her given name. Charisma Osborne led the L.A. Windward Wildcats to a 53-41 victory Friday over Sacramento McClatchy in the CIF state Division I girls’ basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center. Osborne played all but 23 seconds...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | Basketball Championship 2006 albums Exclamation mark Layup State Vanessa Nygaard Football League Championship
BROWN: Seniors’ safety shouldn’t depend on state paying its bills
Nobody can say how the old man fell head first into the tub, but Lois Porter knows that, if she hadn’t found him there four days later, he'd be dead.
27 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Shower Old age Bathtub Bathing State Arrears Elderly care Middle age
Hiring rises in Nevada, 11 US states, new data show
Nevada joins other Mountain region states with strong hiring trends in the latest data from the U.S Department of Labor.
-1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Late-2000s recession U.S. state Utah Unemployment Idaho Business cycle Employment State
Schools must call parents if kids are absent, says bill after Alianna DeFreeze murder
Ohio may require schools to call parents immediately if their child is absent from school, in response to the muder of Cleveland teen Alianna DeFreeze in January. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Schools across Ohio would have to call parents right away if kids are not in class each morning under a new bill that would make these so-called "Alianna Alerts" mandatory. State Sen. Sandra Williams, a Cleveland Democrat, Williams told the Senate Education Committee this week that her bill is in response to the murder of Alianna DeFreeze. The 14-year-old Cleveland girl had boarded an RTA bus on January 26 to head to her charter school, but never made it. Alianna DeFreezeCleveland Police  She was found dead four days later in an abandoned building. Her family did not find out that she did not make it to school until late afternoon that day, delaying any search. Williams' bill would require schools to make at least one attempt to call parents within 60 minutes of the start of school if a child is absent and parents have not already notified the schools. "It is imperative that parents be notified immediately if their child is absent from school," Williams said. "In a missing persons case, every hour is vital." Williams said data collected by the Ohio Attorney General's office shows that parents reported nearly 19,000 children missing in 2015. Though 97 percent were found unharmed, four were killed and 563 were never found. Districts, she said, have very different policies about notifying parents of absences. Some call parents that morning, some notify parents each week and some by month. Bay Village is among the most aggressive, with a longtime policy of calling parents  at work, at home or on a cell phone right away each morning. "We take children's safety very seriously," say Sean McAndrews, principal of Bay Middle School. "We don't ever want to be in a case where we don't tell a parent and something happened to them on the way to school." By Village even goes a step further. If the school can't reach the parents, it calls the police department, which then visits the house, just as it would for welfare checks on sick or elderly residents. Those visits have not uncovered serious issues, beyond an occasional truant, so far. "We find kids at home all the time because they're sick and parents forget to call," said Officer Darren Ingham. State Sen. Peggy Lehner, the Kettering Republican who chairs the Education Committee, is co-sponsoring the bill. It also received favorable response from other committee members, who praised the concept and had questions only about details of how it would work. Williams' bill does not require schools to go as far as Bay Village if parents do not respond to a call. State Sen. Cecil Thomas, a Cincinnati Democrat, wondered if the state should require additional steps. Lehner agreed. "I don't really see a downside to following up a little further," she said. State Sen. Gayle Manning, a North Ridgeville Republican, wanted to be sure that an hour is enough time for schools to take attendance at multiple classrooms, get the information to the office and still have time for calls. Williams said she believes schools can do that work, though many employees may not want that hassle. She and Lehner encouraged districts to give feedback on the feasibility of that timing. It is also unclear whether automated calls will be allowed. The bill requires a person to call, though Williams said at the hearing that automated calls would make the calls less unwieldy. Automated calls were at the center of the DeFreeze case. The girl's school, E Prep Woodland Hills, has a system to notify parents within two hours if a student is not at school. But school officials say that system was not working properly that day, so the girl's parents never received a message.
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | United States Senate Ohio School State Education Democratic Party Ohio Attorney General The Bill
Bill would put cops, firefighters in control of pension plan
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Legislation passed by lawmakers this week would let New Jersey police and firefighters control their $26 billion pension fund instead of the state. The legislation passed in the Democrat-controlled state Assembly on Thursday and now goes to Republican Gov. Chris Christie's desk to consider. An independent ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | New Jersey Pension Retirement Legislature Legal professions Finance State Legislative Assembly
Former paramedic loses bid to have arrest record wiped
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former Albuquerque paramedic will not have her felony arrest record expunged after a ruling from the state Supreme Court. The Albuquerque Journal reports ( ) that the state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that while Christine Stump's 2008 arrest was unfortunate, the record of it ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Supreme Court of the United States State supreme court United States New Jersey Washington D.C. New Mexico Albuquerque New Mexico State
Hogan vows veto of bill on low-performing schools
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says he'll veto a bill that would set guidelines for implementing a federal law requiring states to make schools more accountable for student performance. The Republican governor said Friday the measure would prohibit the state board of education from taking substantial actions to ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Maryland United States United States Congress United States Constitution Washington D.C. State U.S. state United States Senate
Did the Obamacare Medicaid expansion force people onto wait lists?
The data do not confirm their suggestion that Obamacare expanded Medicaid at the expense of people waiting for home- or community-based care.
517 points by The Washington Post | Health care Disability Medicaid State U.S. state Population Kaiser Family Foundation State
California's bad boycott law makes UCLA's Bruins jump through needless hoops
Under a law passed last year, California prohibits state-funded travel to states that discriminate against the LGBT community. There are currently four states on the boycott list — and now South Dakota may be added. That’s because the Mount Rushmore State recently passed a law that allows taxpayer-funded...
1 points by Los Angeles Times | Law U.S. state LAW South Dakota University of California Los Angeles Pacific-10 Conference State Mount Rushmore
Letter: Reduce taxes to grow the population
Senate Bill 4 calls for the repeal of our state income tax over a period of five years        
-2 points by The Detroit News | U.S. state Income Florida Democratic Party United States State States of the United States Native Americans in the United States
Snyder warns Michigan lawmakers about Obamacare overhaul
Gov. Rick Snyder raises concerns about Medicaid loss, older Michiganders in advance of Obamacare replacement vote        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Medicaid Federal government of the United States Health care United States U.S. state State United States Congress Federal government
Editorial: Casino bill is still wrong for New Hampshire
Pro-gambling lawmakers in the State House are trying once again to give New Hampshire families a new way to lose money. They should call Senate Bill 242, which clears the way for two casinos in the state, what it really is: a tax on the poor.Seven of the eight sponsors of SB 242 are Democrats, and...
14 points by Concord Monitor | New Hampshire Manchester New Hampshire Revenue Casino U.S. state State Bill Clinton Portsmouth New Hampshire