CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH — The state's EdChoice voucher program doubled in size this year. With public schools set to foot the bill for the growing program, a coalition of Northeast Ohio lawmakers are urging Governor Mike DeWine to restore funding for public districts. The EdChoice program offers private school vouchers to families in districts with under-performing public schools, as designated by the state. The program makes it easier for students to forego public education and attend private schools. Public school officials from across the state have argued against the EdChoice expansion, calling it an attack on public schools. Even Solon Schools, the state's highest performing school district, has a school on the EdChoice eligible list. The cost of the EdChoice program has directly impacted public schools. The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District lost $7.36 million to voucher deductions in 2019. Of that, $4.35 million was unfunded by the state and came directly … [Read more...] about Ohio Lawmakers Urge Restoration Of Local School Funds
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Falmouth Wind I installed 2010 -Falmouth Wind II installed 2012 with ARRA stimulus funds.Massachusetts courts shut down federally funded "nuisance" wind turbines June 2017 after eleven lawsuits. Town votes November 2019 to take down turbines owes 3.5 milion plus 2% interest to Massachusetts State Revolving Fund. General Electric a domestic wind turbine company refused to place a single turbine due to residential setbacks and ice throw. Town never filed Special Permit 240-166. Town had 110 decibel noise warning prior to construction. No noise test of two 110 decibel wind turbines operating at same time. Town had KEMA Inc study from 2005 showing up to 200 residential homes affected by two 110 decibel wind turbines. MassDEP/Mass Clean Water Trust Project Regulatory Agreement with Town of Falmouth requires if Falmouth Wind Turbine II is no longer energy efficient the 5 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds used to build the turbine becomes a loan due at 2 percent interest. … [Read more...] about Feds Financed Nuisance Falmouth Wind Turbine
Did Denver officials just lay the foundation to abolish single-family zoning throughout the city? It sure looks that way, and if so it’s a very big deal. It’s a big deal about which the overwhelming majority of Denver residents are almost certainly unaware. To some extent that’s understandable. The Blueprint Denver document adopted last month by the city council to provide future guidance for land-use policy is 300 pages and covers a variety of topics. Nighttime pleasure reading it is not. Meanwhile, most public commentary on the blueprint has been decked out in unqualified superlatives. You’d think the document had cracked the code for urban paradise.Well, I like much of the Blueprint, too — for example the sections calling for stricter bulk requirements on infill development to help neighborhoods retain their character, as well as the pledge to “eliminate any exemptions . . . to build sidewalks as part of the development review process.” But … [Read more...] about Carroll: Will Blueprint Denver be the demise of single-family housing? No one can say for sure.
Top Defense Department officials have largely brushed aside questions surrounding reports that U.S. officials lied about progress in the 18-year Afghanistan war, with experts saying it's unlikely the documents will change the administration's approach to the long-running conflict.The bombshell reports, which were released the same week the House Judiciary Committee readied and then advanced two articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE, have largely been sidestepped by defense officials when speaking to lawmakers and the media.“I haven’t read all the stories frankly… but the stories spanned multiple administrations, multiple uniformed and civilian officials and I think it’s good to look … [Read more...] about Pentagon brushes aside bombshell ‘Afghanistan Papers’
There is intense focus now on how to reach a peace agreement in Afghanistan, but little on how to sustain peace, particularly in an area that bores so many policymakers and pundits: economics. Yet peace with inadequate economic support risks adding demobilized soldiers and Taliban to the large numbers of unemployed Afghans. Massive social resentment easily can lead to a return to violence with space for terrorist movements such as al Qaeda and ISIS (more than 20 in all), to strengthen their foothold. Avoiding this danger requires international support and private investment. Both demand Afghan reform. And the international community needs to think about all three — aid, investment and reform — now.Afghanistan does have a basis for prospering someday, but developing abundant natural resource deposits (copper, iron, gold and rare earth minerals), improving the Silk Road trade routes (rail, road, air and pipelines), expanding power generation, creating agricultural … [Read more...] about Afghanistan’s peace needs capital to endure