Editorial roundup

The Lima News, July 16

The hugs, handshakes and energizing sound bites that have become the hallmarks of national political conventions won’t be enough.

The Republican Party faces a crisis of perception and direction. Tens of thousands of party faithful and on-the-bubble voters will be hungry to find clarity during this week’s national convention.

Americans are desperate for unified leadership and vision.

This cannot be the Donald Trump National Convention. Although the flamboyance and showmanship is to be expected from the party’s presumptive candidate, it should not be allowed to overshadow the larger concerns for which voters of all parties expect — and deserve — ideas…

No longer can the GOP hope to glide into the White House simply on animosity for Democrats.

The GOP must instead expend its energy addressing growing generational gaps that have eroded the base of its conservative platform. Those who consider themselves Republicans have shifted their personal viewpoints dramatically in the past few decades, and that movement has become seismic in recent years. The values of the Ronald Reagan era can still exist, but not without adapting to the realities of 2016…

Continuing down the unchanging path of ideological purity will not strengthen the Republican Party and will not serve those who still hold fast to its core principles. This week will provide an opportunity to show there’s a willingness to reach a unified goal, even if traveling divergent paths.

Online: http://bit.ly/29N6b5g

The Marietta Times, July 13

Imagine reading that during a two-year period, 14 schools in Ohio were closed because they were not doing a good enough job for students. Shocking, right?

… Did we forget to mention these were and are charter schools, not public schools? Puts a whole new light on it, doesn’t it? Perhaps even makes it no big deal?

It should be viewed as important. For years, some operators of Ohio charter schools got away with running shoddy, even dishonest, operations because the state was not holding them to firm standards…

That seems to have changed. Charter schools are being monitored both financially and academically. Those that do not measure up are told to do better – or close.

Privately-run charter schools are a good idea as both alternatives to failing public schools in their areas and as laboratories showing what educators can do when the handcuffs of over-regulation are removed. They are a good enough idea to merit the taxpayer funding they can receive. Throughout the state, 374 charters are in operation.

Simply sending them checks because they operate as charter schools is not a good idea, however, as we have been pointing out for years. They should be held to the same academic standards under which public schools operate…

Online: http://bit.ly/29MxLxR

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