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Qualls calls for debates, CPS serves as model, Kasich's education plan breaks promises

click to enlarge Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls
Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls

In response to Democratic mayoral candidate John Cranley’s call for a debate, the campaign for Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, another Democratic candidate for mayor, is calling both campaigns to schedule a series of debates. Jens Sutmoller, Qualls’ campaign manager, said in a statement, “Vice Mayor Qualls believes the citizens of Cincinnati deserve a robust series of public debates between the two final 2013 Mayoral candidates. She looks forward to articulating her optimistic vision of Cincinnati’s future and the investments we need to make in our neighborhoods and city to achieve a welcoming city of opportunity for all our citizens.”

Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) are

being used as a model

by other schools around the state and country. Other schools are particularly interested in Cincinnati’s community learning centers, which provide services not directly related to education, including health clinics, mental health counselors, tutoring programs and extensive after-school programs. The approach is being praised for making schools serve the greater needs of communities. CityBeat wrote about CPS and its community learning centers

here

.

Steve Dyer, an education policy fellow at Innovation Ohio, says Gov. John Kasich’s school education plan actually

does the opposite

of what Kasich claimed: “However, after examining the district-by-district runs produced by the Kasich Administration yesterday (which I posted at Innovation Ohio earlier), what is clear that even without eliminating the guaranteed money Kasich said he wants to eliminate soon, kids in the poorest property wealth districts in the state will receive 25 cents in additional state revenue for every $1 received by kids in the property wealthiest districts.” A CityBeat analysis

found

the education plan increases funding for Cincinnati Public Schools, but not enough to make up for past cuts.

The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State and Miami University are getting slight increases in funding under

Kasich’s higher education funding plan

. The plan increases overall higher education funding by 1.9 percent, with UC getting 2.4 percent more funding, Cincinnati State getting 4 percent more and Miami getting 1.8 percent more. The increased funding should be helpful to Miami University, which

recently initiated

$99 million in summer construction and renovation projects. Historically, Ohio has given its universities

less funding per pupil

than other parts of the country.

An appeals court ruling could put the Anna Louise Inn

back at square one

. On Friday, the Ohio First District Court of Appeals affirmed most of a lower court’s ruling against the Anna Louise Inn, but it sent the case back down to the lower court on a legal technicality. The ruling means the case could restart, but Tim Burke, the inn's attorney, claims the Anna Louise Inn has already done what the appeals court asked. For CityBeat ’s other coverage of the Anna Louise Inn, click

here

.

Media outlets are finally picking up the story about illegal immigrants and driver’s licenses. Gongwer wrote about it

here

,

and The Columbus Dispatch covered it

here

. CityBeat originally wrote about the story last week (

“Not Legal Enough,”

issue of Feb. 6).

Following the board president’s comparison of Adolf Hitler and President Barack Obama, the Ohio State Board of Education is

set to discuss social media

. CityBeat wrote about Board President Debe Terhar’s ridiculous Facebook post

here

.

Remember the Tower Place Mall! Two tenants are

holding out

at the troubled mall as they look for different downtown locations.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants everyone to know he’s

still cracking down on synthetic drugs

.

The pope is

stepping down

.

How kids draw dinosaurs is

probably wrong

.
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