Editorial roundup

The Columbus Dispatch, Aug. 14

In a conventional brick-and-mortar school, you can walk inside and see how many students are sitting at their desks and receiving instruction. In an online charter school, you can’t.

And that is the crux of the battle being waged between the state’s largest online charter school, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, and the Ohio Department of Education, which had to go to court to pry loose ECOT attendance records as part of the agency’s effort to determine if students actually are receiving the 920 hours of education that state law requires them to have each year.

Determining whether students are being educated not only is important for the students but also for taxpayers, who expect to get something of value for the millions of dollars that are being paid to e-schools. In ECOT’s case, that amounts to a whopping $106 million annually.

ECOT believes it deserves compensation merely for providing learning opportunities to students, regardless of whether students take advantage of those opportunities. The Ohio Department of Education and taxpayers want educational results. But ECOT’s academic record is dismal, with state report-card grades consisting mostly of F’s and a four-year graduation rate of not quite 39 percent…

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The (Findlay) Courier, Aug. 10

If ever there was a presidential election for a third-party candidate, it would be this one.

While no public opinion poll has been conducted lately in Ohio, the last one earlier this summer found Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a dead heat. Even if the next poll isn’t as close, some voters may be wishing for other options. There are, or will be.

Candidates for both the Green and Libertarian parties are expected to clear the final hurdles this week to make it to the November ballot.

Paperwork was filed last week at the secretary of state’s office for Green Party nominee Jill Stein and her running mate, Ajamu Baraka. Stein will have the Green Party label next to her name on the ballot because Anita Rios, the 2014 Green Party candidate for governor, won more than 3 percent of the vote in the 2014 gubernatorial race between John Kasich and Ed FitzGerald.

Meanwhile, similar paperwork is expected for Libertarian Gary Johnson. However, since the Libertarian Party lost its status as a minor party due to legislation pushed by the GOP-controlled Legislature, “Libertarian” will not be next to Johnson’s name on the ballot…

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