Josh Goad Cincinnati Enquirer Published 10:36 PM EDT Aug 14, 2019 Teachers in more than a dozen U.S. states have protested at state capitals and even gone on strike for higher pay since 2018. But such protests, fueled by pay that failed to keep pace with inflation, have largely been absent in Ohio and in Southwest Ohio. What's a key reason why? Pay for teachers, adjusted for inflation, fell or held steady in only one of eight school districts and charter schools across Ohio from 2008 to 2018, an Enquirer analysis of federal wage and state teach pay data shows. Nationally, the median annual pay for teachers fell 7.3% in that decade, including the start of the Great Recession and the subsequent recovery. In Southwest Ohio, half of the 78 districts and charter schools paid a median salary above the nation's in 2018, the Enquirer analysis showed. Pay was below pre-recession levels in 17 districts or charters open before 2008. Click on this link to see how your district's … [Read more...] about Did Cincinnati area teachers lose wage ground in the recession?
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The former North Face clothing store at 799 Grand Ave. in St. Paul would be leveled. The Brasa Premium Rotisserie would bid its goodbyes. In their place, a block of retail and restaurant space would be replaced by a new Lunds & Byerlys grocery, as well as 69 units of housing. On Monday, Lunds & Byerlys officials presented two alternate conceptual designs for a five-level, block-length building to a packed audience at Mt. Zion Temple on Summit Avenue. The plans call for four levels of apartments above a new grocery, spanning 24,000 square feet, as well as two levels of underground parking. Tres Lund, whose grandfather got his start in the Twin Cities grocery business in the 1920s, said the Edina-based company has plenty of experience fitting into tight urban corners such as Uptown or Northeast Minneapolis. Both designs incorporate cornices, wrought iron, chimney points or other elements currently found along the avenue, with the goal of being sensitive to existing architecture. … [Read more...] about Lunds & Byerlys plans Grand Avenue store, 69 units of housing where North Face stood
NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio -- Not only will the North Royalton schools rehire now-retired Jim Presot, the district's former assistant superintendent, it will give him regularly scheduled raises he would have received had he not retired, Superintendent Greg Gurka told cleveland.com. Presot, who retired Jan. 1, will receive 2 percent raises in August 2019 and August 2020, like all other North Royalton central office administrators working under a three-year agreement reached last summer. That means Presot -- whose salary rose from $112,551 to $114,802 in August 2018 during the first year of the agreement -- will earn $117,098 starting in August 2019 and $119,440 starting in August 2020. Meanwhile, as a retiree still earning a public salary, Presot, 53, will also collect a taxpayer-funded state pension, a practice commonly called double-dipping. Earlier this month, the school board, without comment, voted 5-0 to rehire Presot. He will fill his former position as assistant … [Read more...] about North Royalton schools Assistant Superintendent Jim Presot to receive raises while double-dipping in retirement
Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print ADVERTISEMENT Toledo-area residents with Aetna health insurance, such as Janet Smith of Maumee, are plenty worried about losing coverage with their ProMedica physicians. If the two sides can’t reach a new contract by Jan. 1, ProMedica will no longer accept Aetna insurance, forcing 50,000 Aetna customers to either pay for the care out of their own pocket or find an alternative insurer. That has people like Ms. Smith, 71, on edge. The retired elementary and middle school teacher with Springfield schools says patients are being used as pawns in a money squabble between two of America’s largest health care giants. “We’re the peons,” she said. What isn’t widely known locally, though, is that these types of hospital/insurer clashes happen frequently in markets across the country and are almost always resolved without the contract terminating and wreaking havoc for patients, said Larry Prybil, a … [Read more...] about Patients caught in middle of ProMedica’s clash with Aetna
Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print ADVERTISEMENT The trouble we run into during campaign season is candidates making emotional promises that yield harmful policy. One of the state Treasurer candidates has essentially promised to use state investments as a political tool. This misguided approach is harmful to Ohio’s financial future. Democratic state Treasurer nominee Rob Richardson said (”Attorney pushes investing changes; Richardson outlines goals,” Oct. 14) he plans to divest state investments in private prison companies to make a statement, even though these companies have proven profitable investments for our state. Submit a letter to the editor Promising divestment from private prison stocks is pandering for votes, and won’t impact how such companies operate or that they exist. The state treasurer must understand that a robust pension fund is the goal and these stocks have delivered. The Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio … [Read more...] about Treasurer candidate playing politics with state funds