So where does a senator buy his suits?

So where does a senator buy his suits?

A legend of the U.S. Senate and hero to working people joined us on our latest podcast. He’s famous for championing working families and wearing a canary pin on his lapel. If you haven’t guessed yet, our guest is Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio). Listen to our entire conversation here.

We talked about the ongoing UAW strike and the dignity of work. He discussed how fighting for workers doesn’t mean leaving anyone out—that being progressive means leaving no worker behind. Sen. Brown also ran us through his American-made apparel, including his union-made suits.

So where does a U.S. senator buy his suits? You’ll have to listen to find out.

In Solidarity,

Tim
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Tim Schlittner
Director of Speechwriting and Editorial Content, AFL-CIO
Co-Host, “State of the Unions” Podcast

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State budget (HB 166) filled with appropriations for private education ventures

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Appropriations for Teach for America, charters, charter facilities, quality charter schools support, vouchers, non-public administrative cost reimbursement, auxiliary services, charter and private schools transportation, Bright New Leaders for Ohio Schools Program, community schools and choice programs, community school operating from home and EdChoice expansion program are all included in HB 166.

The biennial appropriation for these private ventures, excluding about $1.8 billion that will be extracted from school districts for charters and $600 million that will be extracted from school districts for vouchers, will be in the range of $800 million. Hence, the biennial support for private education ventures will be about $3.2 billion for the biennium.

The appropriation of $4 million for Teach for America is a travesty. In an earlier post, it was revealed that Teach for America had assets of $366,724,130 in 2017.

The appropriation language for Teach for America includes, “…support for ongoing development and impact of Teach for America alumni working in Ohio.” What are these alumni doing in Ohio to warrant state support? Teach for America is using the temporary teaching assignment to advance a more sweeping agenda. TFA needs to be investigated.

The Bright New Leaders for Ohio Schools Program will receive $2 million for an alternative principals’ training program which puts those who are not trained as educators into administrative positions in schools.

Charter schools will receive $250 per student for facilities each year. Online charters will receive $25 per student. (Why would online charters receive any funds for facilities?) Section 265.410 of HB 166 is bizarre:

Community School Operating From Home

A community school established under Chapter 3314 of the Revised Code that was open for operation as a community school as of May 1, 2005, may operate from or in any home, as defined in section 3313.64 of the Revised Code, located in the state, regardless of when the community school’s operations from or in a particular home began.

What is the deal? A charter school operating “from or in” a home? The kitchen? The family room? The laundry room?

Well there you have it. Private education ventures on public funds are in full bloom in Ohio.

William L. Phillis | Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding | 614.228.6540

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