Teachers ready to fight Senate Bill 5

From the Morning Journal - Local teachers ready to fight Senate Bill 5
LORAIN — Local teachers concerned about the affects of Senate Bill 5 gathered yesterday in the auditorium of Lorain High School, 2600 Ashland Ave., to learn how they can fight the law that limits the collective bargaining rights of municipal and state workers.

William Leibensperger, Ohio Education Association vice-president, along with State Rep. Dan Ramos, D-Lorain, spoke during the Q & A session, which was held to better educate teachers on the law and rally them against it.

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Top 3 Today

The top 3 news stories for you today.

  1. Savings fostered by collective-bargaining law anything but a sure thing
The Administration uses fuzzy math to calculate savings from S.B.5 - savings that come out of paychecks in the form of eliminated step increases and increased health premium contributions. The Administration then claims the savings don't come from salaries.
"He can't have it both ways," said Dennis Willard, spokesman for We Are Ohio, the coalition pushing the November referendum, arguing that the governor cannot say there will not be pay cuts but at the same time promote the kind of savings that will come out of workers' paychecks.
  1. 1 signature vs. 3,000
Just two business days after Kasich signed SB 5, We Are Ohio was able to collect more than enough signatures to start the referendum process. Now we wait the ten business days to see if Secretary of State Husted will certify at least 1,000 valid signatures and if Attorney General DeWine will certify the proposed summary.
  1. Rally supports referendum on SB 5
DAYTON — More than 200 representatives from local unions, community and religious groups opposed to the passage of Senate Bill 5 gathered in the auditorium of Teamsters Local 957 Monday night to rally support for a referendum on the November ballot.

The rally was one of more than 1,000 labor events across the country commemorating the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tenn., where he had gone to stand with striking sanitation workers.

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An election to watch tomorrow

There's an election tomorrow worth keeping an eye on. The Wisconsin Supreme Court election has turned into a proxy battle for the union busting "budget repair bill" Scott Walker rammed through.
The fate of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's Budget Repair Bill may hang in the balance Tuesday, when the state's voters head to the polls. The April 5 election, which pits conservative supreme court justice David Prosser against liberal assistant attorney general JoAnne Kloppenburg, will determine whether judicial conservatives or liberal activists have a 4-3 majority on the highest court in the state.

In a typical year, Prosser would win another 10-year term in a walk. But 2011 is far from typical. The left and unions are angry and energized over the Budget Repair Bill that curtailed the collective bargaining power of public employee unions. And while a Prosser victory is possible, all of that energy means that Kloppenburg is favored to win tomorrow's very low turnout election--historically, only about 20 percent of the state's voters show up to the polls in springtime elections.
It's been an ugly campaign as you can see from this recent ad

Prosser was elected in 2001, unopposed with 549,860 votes
. In a 2007 election for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the winner prevailed 487,422 votes to 342,371.

What to look for tomorrow? It would have been a stunning upset for Kloppenburg to win, so that's the first test of how organized and angry pro-middle class voters are. But also keep an eye on the votes cast for each - that will give us a rough indication of the effects these labor busting moves are having on real voters, in real elections.

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ODE Budget Testimony

Budget testimony given by the Ohio Department of Education can be found here
Testimony from ODE - 129th General Assembly

 Date Presented  Bill/Topic of Testimony Legislative Committee Presented To
March 31, 2011

HB 153 (Budget Bill)
Scholarship Programs

House Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education
March 31, 2011

HB 153 (Budget Bill)
Teacher Licensure

House Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education
March 31, 2011

HB 153 (Budget Bill)
Community Schools

House Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education
March 30, 2011

HB 153 (Budget Bill)
Standards, Assessments & Accountability

House Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education
March 30, 2011

HB 153 (Budget Bill)
IT, EMIS & Longitudinal Data Systems

House Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education
March 30, 2011

HB 153 (Budget Bill)
State System of Support

House Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education

ODE also provides constantly updating page of useful budget information and refenercne documents, which can be found here:
FY 12 – FY 13 (HB 153) Budget Information

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