What you need to know about Ohio Politics and Policy
The series begins by detailing the overall lack of success and oversight the charter schools had in the early days in Ohio, describing the Wild West atmosphere inherent in the program’s inception. For example, some charters schools were being approved even though they did not have bathrooms for the kids. The second story of this day’s installment details how charter schools, billed as the epitome of parental choice, denies access to records by parents.Day Two: David Brennan’s White Hat Management changes the way business, politics and school vouchers mix; Did former aide’s role cross lines?; Brennan foundation funds school business
This installment details the political maneuvering it took to eventually create the Charter School system in Ohio, and how one man—Akron’s David Brennan—was the force of will (and money) behind the program’s inception. The story relies on the Voinovich administration’s own letters, which were archived at Ohio University. The second story of the installment details the cozy relationship Brennan had with Thomas Needles, who was Gov. George Voinovich’s education czar, and who took a job with Brennan days after leaving the Voinovich administration, raising many eyebrows.Day Three: Voucher system falls far short of goals; Voucher plan leaves long list of broken vows
This installment details the failings of the Cleveland Voucher Program, and explains how it was as much politics as it was choice that led to its creation, including the prominent role current House Speaker William Batchelder played. The second story of the installment explains how the Voucher program cost public schools precious money, left special education kids behind and didn’t end up increasing private school enrollment. This story was written about the time the U.S. Supreme Court was considering Ohio’s voucher system.Day Four: School battle eludes voters, takes its cues from coalitions; Campaign organizer pushes hard for changes
This final installment details the political machinations behind the school choice movement and outlines the array of interest groups that aligned to help push the idea upon Ohio’s voters. The day’s second story outlines the importance of David Zanotti — a political organizer tied closely to Voinovich and Brennan — and his coalition building to help further the choice movement in Ohio. The series concludes with a list of important interest groups in the school choice battles being waged in the program’s early days.
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