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Here’s why Ohio should invest in all-day kindergarten. Talk to an educator or policymaker about elementary and secondary education in the United States and before long you’ll hear it referred to as “K-12.”

Here’s why Ohio should invest in all-day kindergarten

The United States is not alone in maintaining a public education system that runs from kindergarten through grade 12, thus making kindergarten the foundation for the rest of a student’s academic life. However, there seems to be a difference of opinion within the United States about how strong that foundation should be. Nationally, there has been a clear trend toward making the base year of education as strong as possible by offering a full day of kindergarten. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of students enrolled in all-day K went from 28 percent in 1977 to 77 percent in 2013.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback proposed an $80 million plan that would allow all kindergarten students to attend full-day programs. Everyone Agrees: Portman Picking Pence for Prez Still Pretty Pathetic. ‘SOB’ Kasich Plots Nomination Heist. It is Kasich’s Own Fault That ‘Times Are Tough’ In Ohio. Sorry Gov. Kasich, No Cookies: Ohio’s 20-Week Abortion Ban Is Still Unconstitutional. Gov John.

Sorry Gov. Kasich, No Cookies: Ohio’s 20-Week Abortion Ban Is Still Unconstitutional

Kasich on Wednesday signed a bill into law that would ban abortions 20-weeks after conception: a reprehensible and clearly unconstitutional move designed to blatantly flout Supreme Court precedent. Sherrod Brown Vows To Fight Privatization Of Medicare. Stop mooning over John Kasich: He’s not more “reasonable” than Trump, he’s just better at camouflaging his agenda. Yes, I saw the Kasich victory speech on Tuesday.

Stop mooning over John Kasich: He’s not more “reasonable” than Trump, he’s just better at camouflaging his agenda

It was a good speech, especially for those of us who’ve been despairing over the fact that the GOP frontrunner’s speeches tend to be composed of disjointed screaming soundbites and outright calls to violence. John Kasich is good at making speeches. He’s good at looking and sounding “moderate”. His lines about his fellow Republicans’ “War on the Poor” from 2013 and his Bible-based defense of Obamacare in 2015 were inspiring enough that Democrats in red states should have all been taking notes. Gov. Kasich Lead Defendant In Developmental Disabilities Class Action Lawsuit. Chris Cuomo CALLS OUT Trumpster Jim Jordan for his BS, "The Truth is EXACTLY The Opposite"

Activists Ask Portman For Town Hall, Get Private Meeting Instead. Kasich’s Complaints About Districts Not Merging Are Irrelevant In School Funding Debate. John Kasich’s Quiet Campaign To Cut Abortion Access. In June 2013, after 30 years in business, the Center for Choice performed its last abortion and closed its doors.

John Kasich’s Quiet Campaign To Cut Abortion Access

The Toledo, Ohio, clinic had long been a target for anti-abortion activists — there was Marjorie Reed, the arsonist who set fire to the center in 1986, and a man staffers called “B.O. Bob,” a local schoolteacher who would call the clinic after hours, jamming up the voice mail box with his rants. But it was not firebombs or bellicose picketers that eventually forced the Center for Choice to close.

The clinic packed it in because of a far more discreet, yet in some ways harder to ignore, incursion: a torrent of restrictions on abortions and abortion providers from Ohio’s statehouse. “It started to feel like a witch hunt,” Sue Postal, the center’s director, told me in October. Ohio Abortion Clinic Will Fight Government's Shutdown Attempt - Rewire. Dayton’s only abortion care clinic is appealing a decision by the Ohio Department of Health to revoke the clinic’s license, citing a medically unnecessary transfer agreement law.

Ohio Abortion Clinic Will Fight Government's Shutdown Attempt - Rewire

Rick Hodges, the state agency director, on Wednesday issued an adjudication order stating that he was refusing to renew the health-care facility license for Women’s Med Center of Dayton because it failed to secure a hospital transfer agreement. Clinic officials filed an appeal on Friday, the Springfield News-Sun reported. NARAL Targets Ohio Sen. Rob Portman. Federal Court Directs Kasich Health Department to Consider Funding Planned Parenthood. A broken GED, tax breaks run amok, a fracking injustice: News from Policy Matters.

A roundup of happenings at Policy Matters Ohio… Epic fail – After the world’s largest private, for-profit education corporation took-over the high school equivalency test known as the GED, the number of Ohioans attempting and passing the exam has plummeted.

A broken GED, tax breaks run amok, a fracking injustice: News from Policy Matters

Our workforce researcher Hannah Halbert detailed the shocking numbers in a recent report: The number of Ohioans passing the test plunged by 85 percent from 2009 to 2013, after Ohio handed the reins to PearsonVUE. The upshot is that 22,000 fewer Ohioans earned an equivalency degree than would have had we kept the normal pace. The collapse not only hurts Ohioans trying to get ahead, it hurts employers looking for qualified candidates.

No strings attached – Ohio lawmakers more readily spend state revenue on tax breaks than on vital public services: State giveaways will grow to nearly $9 billion by 2017, and with little accountability, Wendy Patton and Zach Schiller say in a recent report. Pennsylvania Petition Problems, Call For Ethics Violations Investigation Crop Up For Kasich. Evidence Directly Links ODE Superintendent Dick Ross To Creation Of Youngstown Schools “Cabinet” Youngstown Cabinet Kept Meetings Secret While ODE Superintendent Dick Ross Developed Takeover Plan. Ohioans Know ‘Right To Work’ Is Wrong, And Ohio Republicans Know They Do. Ohio Republican Explains His “No” Vote On 20-Week Abortion Ban.

Six Years, $35 Million Later, Why Isn’t Kasich Clobbering Trump In Ohio? Zach Scott Takes Big Donations From Shady Charter School Mogul. Regulators allow FirstEnergy bailout; consumers stuck with bill. Agreement to subsidize inefficient power plants forces consumers to buy more expensive power.

Regulators allow FirstEnergy bailout; consumers stuck with bill

For immediate release Contact: Michael Shields, 330.906.2062 The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio today voted to allow corporate subsidies for utility giants FirstEnergy and American Electric Power that are projected to cost Ohio electric users billions of dollars over the next eight years. The AEP deal commits the company to building substantial new wind power infrastructure – enough to power 450,000 Ohio homes – which some observers thought might serve as a model in the FirstEnergy case as well.

Yet the FirstEnergy deal contains a fraction of the benefits. The deal enables these plants to undercut the market price of more efficient – and greener – sources, but without passing savings onto consumers, who instead get stuck with the bill for the subsidy. How Ohio Pulled $4 Billion+ from Communities and Redistributed It Upwards. The Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 66 promising to improve economic conditions for Ohioans.

How Ohio Pulled $4 Billion+ from Communities and Redistributed It Upwards

H.B. 66 eliminated the corporate income tax and reduced state income taxes by 21%. Governor Taft from his 2006 state of the state speech: At this time last year we had a tax code that was mired in the distant past, punishing investment and ignoring innovation. We worked day and night to bring that code into the 21st Century. We cut the income tax. The promise was jobs and growth. Impact of H.B. 66. The John Kasich Struggle Bus Long Departed From Shining Time Station.

Faux-moderate John Kasich demands Obama return to United States to deal with terrorism in Belgium. Republican presidential hopeful and Ohio Governor John Kasich spoke to MSNBC’s Brian Williams on Tuesday about how President Barack Obama should respond to the terror attacks in Belgium today — and not surprisingly, Gov.

Faux-moderate John Kasich demands Obama return to United States to deal with terrorism in Belgium

Kasich was very disappointed in the president. “I would hope what the President would do is return home,” Kasich said. “He ought to work with the heads of state around the world to assemble teams, and they need to examine these vulnerabilities we have, because without effective human intelligence, without coordination and cooperation among all the civilized nations — we get these gaps and these gaps get exploited by these people who are intent on killing civilized people.”

He urged the president to “act quickly against ISIS both [in] the air and on the ground,” even though there is no credible evidence at the moment that ISIS was involved. Cincinnati Lawmaker Wants Action, Not ‘Political Speeches,’ From Gov. Kasich: Ohio Heroin Crisis. Rob Portman Cited For Five Failures To Support Equal Pay.