Tea Party guide to legislative supporters

The Dispatch ran an article titled "Tea party has had it with GOP"

Feeling betrayed by the Republican Party and its leaders, tea party groups in Ohio appear to be uniting and moving toward either a split from the GOP or action to punish Republican candidates who fail ideological purity tests.
It remains uncertain, however, just how much the Ohio GOP and its candidates could be hurt by an insurrection because it is difficult to assess the true strength of tea party groups. A 2012 poll by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation found that about 28 percent of Republicans identified themselves as tea party supporters.

To gage how much support the Tea Party has within the Ohio GOP legislative House caucus, we took a look at who had signed on to the Tea Party's pet union busting "right to work" cause. Spread across HB 151 (Private Employees "Right to work" bill) and HB 152 (Public Employees "Right to work" bill), the following Republican state Representatives sponsored or cosponsored one or both of these Tea Party bills

Maag (sponsor)
Roegner (sponsor)

This represents 28% of the GOP house caucus, identical to the number of Republicans the Kaiser Family Foundation found identified as Tea Partiers. You will also note Rep Terhar on the list, he is the spouse of the Hitler referencing Debe Terhar, the President of the State Board of Education - quite the family of anti-working people policy advocates.

28% is quite a sizable rump for the more moderate Republicans to have to deal with, and it might be growing

But tea party leaders say their ranks are being swelled by social conservatives who oppose abortion and gay marriage and who are angry with the Republican Party.

This also corresponds with the information we published as to why some on the Ohio GOP were wanting to push "right to work" - it's all about bigotry

Harvey said the NEA has supported an “immoral, deviant and destructive” gay agenda for at least 25 years, citing its gay and lesbian caucus started in 1987. Harvey criticized the union for supporting a gay and lesbian history month, diversity training that included homosexuality, and pro-homosexual school counseling. She said the NEA has asked schools to protect students and staff from sexual orientation harassment and discrimination and has replaced the word “tolerance” with acceptance and respect.

“Kids are being trained as activists now,” she said.

Harvey said the NEA has voted to lobby for same-sex unions and said petitions are currently circulating to overturn the 2004 Ohio marriage amendment, which stated that that only a union between a man and woman would be recognized as a valid marriage. The OEA opposed the amendment.

It's hard believe that the "Tea party has had it with GOP" when at least 28% of the Ohio GOP's elected Representatives is made up of tea partiers.

Education News for 01-25-2013

State Education News

  • State auditor: School data system broken (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • Ohio Auditor Dave Yost is expected to recommend multiple changes to the way school districts and the state report attendance data…Read more...

  • ‘Hitler’ reference offensive (Columbus Dispatch)
  • The Anti-Defamation League is calling on Ohio School Board President Debe Terhar and other critics of gun-control legislation to stop referencing Adolf Hitler…Read more...

  • Galion ponders armed teachers (Mansfield News Journal)
  • Come February, Galion schools could be among the first in Ohio to discuss arming teachers after the tragic shooting in Connecticut…Read more...

Local Education News

  • Sycamore students follow passions, earn high school credits (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • If you think high school is boring and irrelevant, you need to talk to Sycamore High School students Mitchell Bie and Matt Rickert…Read more...

  • Schools need to get online (Columbus Dispatch)
  • More online learning could be coming to a school near you, based on a meeting yesterday of Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s Education Commission, which is examining how to improve education in the city…Read more...

  • Washington-Nile School switches to natural gas (Portsmouth Daily Times)
  • The Washington-Nile Local School Board voted during their meeting…Read more...

  • Berea, Olmsted Falls schools exploring alternative approaches to keep kids safe (Sun Newspapers)
  • As a parent, Sarah Fox was amazed to learn her son’s school practices a lockdown drill that includes remaining in rooms, essentially hiding from an active shooter…Read more...

  • Still no response from CMSD on outrageous violence videos (WOIO)
  • Still no response from Cleveland Schools on outrageous videos of violence at John Adams High School. Two weeks and counting…Read more...


  • This H-bomb is a dud (Columbus Dispatch)
  • State school-board President Debe Terhar, if she hasn’t given up social media entirely, likely is getting an education this week in what the Internet-savvy know as Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies…Read more...

  • Ms. Terhar must go (Toledo Blade)
  • State Board of Education President Debe Terhar apparently doesn’t have the decency or good sense to resign. So it falls to Gov. John Kasich to make that happen…Read more...

Education News for 01-24-2013

State Education News

  • Ohio's teacher training policies receive C- grade from national group (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • Ohio is not picky enough about whom is admitted to teacher training nor does the state require graduates of those programs to pass sufficiently…Read more...

  • Google VP has Ohio’s students on his mind (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Meet Sebastian Thrun, a man who represents a unique component of the “ German” investment Gov. John Kasich is seeking for Ohio this week at the World Economic Forum…Read more...

  • Ideas offered to boost college graduation rates (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Some of the country’s most-influential college presidents are calling on their colleagues to take bolder steps to graduate more students — and stem the flow of dropouts…Read more...

  • Kasich rejects calls for Terhar’s ouster (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Gov. John Kasich says that since state Board of Education President Debe Terhar has admitted her Facebook post about Adolf Hitler and gun control…Read more...

  • School finances remain a concern (Findlay Courier)
  • While excited about the future of curriculum and technology, Fostoria school administrators said this week they are leery of what will happen to school funding as the state tries to balance its budget…Read more...

Local Education News

  • Music education program at Rainey Institute inspires youths from Cleveland schools (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • Some call it the most beautiful concert hall in America. And that's where I went Monday -- to Severance Hall -- for a progress report…Read more...

  • Audit citations lead to fiscal changes (Middletown Journal)
  • Missing money and the use of federal stimulus dollars to purchase items that weren’t allowable are among several citations issued in a state audit of Middletown City Schools…Read more...


  • Terhar does history (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • Debe Terhar, the president of the State Board of Education, has called into question her judgment as a public official…Read more...

  • Seeing sense (Columbus Dispatch)
  • The Columbus Board of Education’s decision Tuesday night to cooperate with a mayoral committee’s review of school-district management…Read more...

The Terhar debacle roundup

Fallout from State Board of Education President's offensive and ignorant Facebook post, comparing President Obama to Hilter spread far and wide yesterday.

The latest development has a tepid statement from the Governor's spokesperson saying "the governor has no comment about Terhar’s posting and no plan to remove her as board president". A true profile in courage and leadership.

The Ohio Department of education had its head resign over a serious ethics violation, and the current acting superintendent and his deputy are reportedly applying for district level jobs. Education leadership in Ohio is in disarray. Now the governor expects education professionals to take the State Board of Education President seriously after this disgraceful incident? Certainly her fellow board members don't think so

“I don’t think she can be perceived as being objective,” said Jeffrey Mims, a board member from Dayton. “Whether she wrote the statement or not, the fact that she harbored those statements on her Facebook page, I think you just can’t be associated with that.”

Ann Jacobs, a board member from Lima, said the board is supposed to be nonpartisan but Terhar’s posting is the latest sign of how partisan it’s gotten in recent years.

Here's a sampling of some of the coverage

Her continued presence on the board brings disgrace to the State Board of Education, Ohio's education system and all the professionals who strive everyday to bring excellence to educating Ohio's young people.

Debe Terhar breaks Godwin's law

The State Board of Education President Debe Terhar, in all her professional glory

State Board of Education President Debe Terhar said she was not comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler when she posted a photograph of the Nazi leader on her Facebook page with a message critical of the administration’s new gun-control efforts.

But she does say we “need to step back and think about it and look at history” to see that tyrants have disarmed their citizens.

Terhar, a Cincinnati Republican elected last week by the 19-member school board to a second term as its president, recently posted the picture with this commentary: “Never forget what this tyrant said: ‘To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.’ — Adolf Hitler.”

The photograph apparently originated with the Facebook page of Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children, which features a variety of anti-Obama, pro-gun posts and photos, such as scantily clad women hoisting large guns, a polar bear with the words “Holy f*** I’m glad I’m white,” and another saying “Where’s Lee Harvey Oswalt when you need him?”

When the Sipatch asked her about her Facebook post she said, “I’m not comparing the president to Adolf Hitler, it’s the thought of disarming citizens, and this has happened throughout history. What’s the true intention of the Second Amendment? It was to protect us from a tyrannical government, God forbid.”

Why is the State Board of Education President trolling racist Facebook pages in the first place, let alone making offensive comparisons to a genocidal maniac?

In one simple Post, Debe Terhar shows herself to:

  • Have a serious lack of professionalism
  • Questionable judgment
  • The inability to apologize
  • Lacking in historical understanding
  • A belief that we are stupid enough to believe she wasn't comparing the President to Hitler

Apparently in Terhar's world, only educators are to be held accountable.