State news roundup for March 1, 2014

This week we talk about Gov. Kasich’s education funding issues in Ohio, the newly nominated Commissioner of Education in New Jersey, the unveiling of the new sculpture honoring Sandy Hook victims in Connecticut and feature a petition on teacher evaluations in Washington.


Ohio educators “won’t forget” Romney’s anti-public education views

By Amanda Litvinov/photos courtesy of OEA When local educators discovered that presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney would put the brakes on his small-town America bus tour for a fundraising stop in New Albany, Ohio, last Thursday, they set out to make an appearance of their own. Dozens of Ohio Education Association members were among the … Continued


Election to recall Wisconsin Gov. Walker goes down to the wire

by Félix Pérez/ photos by Staci Maiers All eyes are on Wisconsin, as voters are expected to go to the polls tomorrow in record numbers to determine the fate of Gov. Scott Walker. Walker, whose staunchly ideological and anti-worker rights agenda has convulsed the Badger State for the past year and led to the nation’s … Continued


Chicago Tribune – Michelle Rhee targeting U.S. schools, backed by big bucks

Great article from Reuters, published in the Chicago Tribune, takes a look at the money trail behind Michelle Rhee and StudentsFirst. The piece highlights her unproven policy objectives and her alignment with Wall Street and extreme politicians like Florida’s Rick Scott and Ohio’s John Kasich. StudentsFirst has its own political action committee (PAC), its own … Continued


Romney slams Obama’s advocacy for worker rights, protections

by Félix Pérez Why don’t you tell us how you really feel? Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn’t mince words in his remarks about “right to work” laws, organized labor and President Barack Obama’s defense of the federal agency charged with enforcing labor law. Speaking at a campaign event May 11 in Charlotte, N.C., Romney said … Continued