On Cleveland.com, Buckeye’s Greg Lawson responds to proposals to continue a freeze on state report cards and performance assessments for Ohio schools, writing, “While the idea of a freeze is understandable, given the ongoing uncertainty associated with COVID-19, legislators should be certain that parents can still obtain information to accurately assess how well their school is educating students.”
With some exceptions, state legislatures moved in the direction of easing criminal penalties in a variety of areas in 2019. Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, joins Caleb O. Brown on the Cato Daily Podcast to discuss his new research for The Federalist Society. Alt, a nationally-recognized scholar in criminal law, reviewed the legal landscape of criminal law changes across the country writing that states were most willing to adjust their laws related to criminal sentencing, record expungement and offender registries, marijuana legalization, and restoring voting rights for people convicted of felonies.
As students and teachers return to school, educators are preparing for a new—and unique—school year, getting their classrooms ready—or their at home “office”, and reviewing their to-do lists. One item on the to-do list is the decision to join, remain in, or leave the union. Teachers across the country will make different decisions on this important question and their reasons will vary. Some teachers disagree with the union’s political positions, some believe the union is too expensive and offers little direct benefit to them, some would simply rather spend their money elsewhere, and some believe that union membership is the best decision for them.
What if something you changed caused devastating unintended consequences? That question is the central theme posed by a new documentary, Safeguard: An Electoral College Story, which premiers today on Amazon Prime. Safeguard is an important film explaining exactly how the Electoral College works in our presidential elections, why our Founders believed it was so important, and what could happen if we got rid of it.
In The Columbus Dispatch, Buckeye’s Andrew Geisler outlines why liability protection, which passed the General Assembly, is so important for Ohio’s schools, writing, “As Ohio schools begin the unenviable task of returning to class amid a pandemic, and educators agonize over whether, how and when to reopen classrooms, their lawyers continue to warn of potential lawsuits and liability risks even if every reasonable precaution against the virus is taken. The unnecessary threat of pandemic-related litigation just adds insult to injury.”
In Crain’s Cleveland Business, Buckeye’s Rea Hederman looks at the dangers of taxpayer-funded subsidies, writing, “As the troubling criminal allegations surrounding House Bill 6 attest, dispensing billions of dollars of taxpayer-funded subsidies can corrupt good government and corrode the public's trust. To begin restoring some of that trust, state lawmakers should end the crony capitalism in House Bill 6 and stop paying corporate welfare in Ohio.”
In The Center Square, Buckeye’s Greg Lawson looks at why “[t]he School Choice Now Act should be part of any federal COVID-19 relief package,” writing, that the act “offers immediate financial support to families and schools facing unexpected educational expenses and challenges, and it lays the groundwork for long-term opportunities that will strengthen academics and learning in this country for generations to come.”
In The Hill, Buckeye’s Greg Lawson outlines how education savings accounts—paid for with existing taxpayer dollars—would provide additional flexibility for families looking to navigate these turbulent waters with their K-12 children, writing, “COVID-19 has strained state resources across the board, and state and local education spending likely will remain under pressure for the foreseeable future. A federal ESA offers timely benefits that can build on a state’s successful school choice programs.”
On Buckeye’s blog, Rea Hederman urges Congress to stick to the July 15 tax-filing deadline, writing that delaying the filing deadline again would be a “well-intended mistake that could have several unintended and adverse consequences for states, school districts, and taxpayers.” Hederman calls on state and federal policymakers to “maintain the current July 15 deadline and offer taxpayers meaningful tax relief,” such as delaying federal tax payments without charging penalties or interest.
In The Columbus Dispatch, Buckeye’s Rea S. Hederman Jr. looks at a prescription for Ohio’s economic recovery, writing, “Ohio’s economic road to recovery will be a bumpy one. These unprecedented times require bold, swift leadership not only to prevent a medical crisis, but to stop a bad economic episode from becoming a permanent catastrophe. The governor showed courage and resolve at the beginning of the crisis. That same bold resolve will be needed now as Ohio looks to get back to work quickly and safely.”