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Education
11:37 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Charter School Critics Call For Reform In Property Spending

Credit Paradox 56

Charter school critics are calling on the state to tighten its oversight on these operations when it comes to their property costs. ProgressOhio, a consortium of liberal groups, is putting a spotlight on Imagine Schools, which manages 17 charter schools in the state. ProgressOhio’s Executive Director, Brian Rothenberg, says the schools are locking themselves into expensive building leases with SchoolHouse Finance, which is an Imagine Schools subsidiary.

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Politics
8:31 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Democrats Want Probe Into ODNR And Fracking Controversy

An environmental group has discovered a controversial playbook that a state department drew up to tackle oil and gas drilling issues. The plan calls into question the relationship between a state agency and the industry it’s supposed to regulate. Now, two state lawmakers are asking for legislative hearings to further investigate hearings.

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Politics
2:18 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

JobsOhio: Who Can Challenge It?

Ohio Supreme Court prepares to hear JobsOhio case.
Credit Karen Kasler, Ohio Public Radio

Governor Kasich’s private job creation entity, JobsOhio, has been at the center of controversy since it began. Because it's partially a private board, it's free from some of the regulations and public scrutiny that government organizations face.

A lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of JobsOhio was brought before the Ohio Supreme Court this week. But as Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler tells Emily McCord, before that decision can be made, the question of who is allowed to sue JobsOhio must be settled first.

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Politics
10:52 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Liberal And Conservative Groups Join To Stop Kasich's Jobs Program

A coalition of progressive groups and a pair of Democratic state representatives are going back to the Ohio Supreme Court over the state’s job creation agency JobsOhio. But as Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports, this time they have some unlikely help.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

PoliticsOhio: Progressive Group Concerned Over Public Money Combatting Senate Bill 5 Ballot Issue

 In the week’s edition of PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler. A progressive think tank alleges that public money is being used to fund a campaign to support Senate Bill 5. Kasler reports on how they have connected the dots and on whether or not the assertion has legs. Also, she touches on a new website launched this week by Treasuer Josh Mandel and on his chances of a Senate run.

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