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~ Dear Governor: Advice from an Ohio student on fixing school funding.
~ Why is education included in the Ohio Constitution and why was our funding system found unconstitutional?
~ How my school is affected by Ohio's school funding problem.
The Ohio Fair Schools Campaign is working to fix Ohio's unconstitutional school funding system. Since October of 2005, they have been part of the effort that involved Ohio Mayors and Ohio education organizations in creating a school funding remedy that could be placed on the ballot.
Getting It Right for Ohio's Future supports a constitutional amendment to establish a high-quality education as a fundamental right for Ohio's children through the implementation of a new school funding model. The amendment would help develop a well-educated work force to attract good jobs and restore Ohio's competitiveness.
The January 22 edition of the Ohio League of Women Voters weekly Education Update has a summary of what's in the amendment and some background on the effort. To read it, visit their Education Updates page.
MILFORD, OHIO – On March 3 there will be a fundraiser from 7 PM to midnight at the Fireman's Hall (located in the Milford Shopping Center). Steve Taylor of Milford, died on Jan. 14th of a heart attack, leaving behind four children and his wife. He was a friend and coach to a countless number of community youth.
Because any man can be a father and any man can teach us to play. But only a special man can be a dad and one we can fondly call our “Coach”.
Taylor's neighborhood is trying to put together donations for the auction. Any business or individual can donate items/services for the auction.
Monetary contributions are greatly appreciated as well; Donations can be made to the Steve Taylor Memorial Fund at any 5/3rd Bank.
You can easily respond to their request by contacting Darlene Bugajski at 965-0327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting Amy Chaffin at 248-1377.
Items for the auction can be dropped off at Jamboree Sports, located on Lila Avenue, Milford, across from Rally’s.
“Anyone who has ever come in contact with Steve, can consider themselves blessed to have known him. We have all witnessed first-hand how his contributions to Milford, benefitted our youth. He took countless hours of his own personal time on and off the sports fields, to spend it with all our families. This fundraiser is our one chance to 'Give Back" to him.”
March 3rd, 7 PM to midnight - The Fireman's Hall (located in the Milford Shopping Center)
An evening of Music, Food and Fun(draising)
Draft Beer included with $10 donation at the door. But, you may BYOB and a dish to share.
Cake Auction - Please contact Darlene Bugajski if you can provide a cake.
Silent Auction - Please e-mail or call for more information
Basket Raffle - If your group or organization would like to "sponsor" a basket for the raffle, please contact Susan Kupka. (Baskets can be picked up and delivered to the fundraiser for you.)
"VoteVets.org is backing up the launch of their ad with a two-day,
seven-city tour, to pressure those Senators who are on the fence
regarding escalation to oppose the President's plan and change the
strategy in Iraq. These young veterans are not just content to buy air
time - they are taking the fight to Senators' home turf and making them
answer the question, 'Are you with the President, or are you with the
troops?" - Gen. Wesley Clark
VoteVets.org, with Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, is leading the charge against the President’s escalation of the war in Iraq with a new television advertisement today. We’re targeting a number of Senators who still have not come out in favor of the strongest Senate resolution, sponsored by Senators Joe Biden and Chuck Hagel. We are backing up the ad with a two-day, seven-city tour, that will take this battle right into the Senators’ back yards.
Tomorrow, I will be chairing a full Judiciary Committee hearing entitled "Exercising Congress's Constitutional Power to End a War." This hearing will help remind my colleagues in the Senate and the American public that Congress is not powerless - even when it acts that way. We have the power to stop the policies of a President that continue to hurt our national security. Soon after tomorrow's hearing, I will introduce legislation to do just that.
SYMMES TOWNSHIP, OHIO – The Lady Tigers will take on Walnut Hills on Wednesday February 14 at 6:00 PM in the opening round of the Ohio basketball tournament. The game will be held at Lakota East High School. The winner will play Northwest on February 21 at 6:00 PM, also at Lakkota East.
In a voluntary move, nineteen area hospitals working together in a quality improvement collaborative today released a comprehensive report on each hospital’s performance compared to other participants and to state and national benchmarks.
LOVELAND, OHIO - Find that perfect gift this Valentine’s Day. The Pure Romance Warehouse Sale is for men and women over 18. They will have your gift packages wrapped and ready-to-go.
“Pure Romance gifts are the perfect way to spoil that special someone in your life! Self-pampering, flirtatious, or boldly risqué, you can choose from a wide array of romance-enhancing gifts that are guaranteed to keep on giving!”
Pure Romance Consultants will be available to answer any and all of your questions to help you find that perfect gift.
“Founded in 1993 by Patty Brisben, Pure Romance is an in-home party company which offers an exclusive line of heighteners, lubricants and bedroom accessories for relationship enhancement.”
For more information, call 513-248-8656 or 866-ROMANCE.
MORROW, OHIO - Little Miami Junior High School eighth-grader Paden Belanger experienced the "sweet spell of success" when he won the school wide spelling bee finals. Seventh-grader Jennifer Knippenberg was runner up.
The win made Paden, who was also last year's winner, eligible to travel to Union Terminal for the Scripps Regional spelling bee.
Shown are Paden and Jennifer with teacher Katy Wall, who organized the schoolwide spelling bee.
MORROW, OHIO - Mark your calendars for PantherFest 2007: Just Chillin', which will be held Saturday, February 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Little Miami High School. Highlights will include the second annual Chili Cook-off and Pie Baking Contest and music by the Junior High School Jazz Band.
This year's event has also been expanded to include booth spaces - a 10x10 space is available for $25. This is a perfect showcase for local businesses, craft vendors, or home business owners to present themselves to the surrounding community.
Chili cooks and vendors are encouraged to submit their entry forms early as spaces are limited. Registration for the Chili Cook-off will close when the first 50 paid entries are received. Entry forms for the Chili Cook-off, Pie Baking Contest, and booth space applications are available at Town & Country Salon, Salem Township Public Library, Harlan Township Fire Department and all Little Miami school offices. They also can be obtained by emailing email@example.com with ENTRY in the subject line. Those interested in volunteering should send an email with VOLUNTEER in the subject line.
MORROW, OHIO - The Little Miami High School chapter of the National Honor Society recently hosted a Hoxworth Blood Drive. During the drive, 65 units of blood were donated -- exceeding the school's goal of 55.
"It is so important to try to introduce students to this kind of community service when they are young," explained School Nurse Britt Burlile. "I know of several LMHS graduates who regularly go to Hoxworth and donate. Many of the students are very scared when they first get there, but the Hoxworth staff does a great job of reassuring them."
The National Honor Society hosts two blood drives per year. The next drive will be held March 19, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 PM.
Shown is Little Miami High School senior Judy Swader.
BATAVIA, OHIO - The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) has just just completed a three day tour of county facilities (including the jail, probation offices and court system) and cubducted a strategic planning meetings with county leaders according to a press release issued by the Clermonnt County. “Clermont ranks among the top counties in the country in developing innovative strategies to tackle these issues,” said NIC consultant Kevin Warwick. The county retained the consultants to assist in planning for the future.
“I think that unlike many counties, Clermont is well positioned to make some changes to improve overcrowding and related issues, without significantly increasing bottom-line funding,” added NIC consultant Diane Moore. She says the NIC will have a final plan of recommendations for the county in several weeks.
“Once we have the report in hand, county leaders will engage in a comprehensive look at what is needed to ensure that law enforcement, the court system, and citizens have the best criminal justice system possible,” said County Administrator David L. Spinney.
“Preliminary recommendations from NIC include establishing a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and the implementation of a day reporting center program with a strong treatment component,” added Director of Clermont Juvenile Court Douglas Brothers.
In Clermont County, jail bookings have increased from 5,781 in 2000 with no refusals to 6,675 bookings in 2006 with 128 refusals accordiing to the press release from the county. “County leaders are working collectively to implement programs that will offer alternatives to some of those currently sentenced to jail time, programs designed to help them deal with issues that have got them into trouble, ultimately decreasing the recidivism rate.”
Pictured above: Kevin Warwick (NIC consultant), Diane Moore (NIC consultant), and Doug Brothers (Clermont Juvenile Court)
LOVELAND, OHIO -It Takes a Village is the theme for a Silent Auction Fundraiser that will benefit the Loveland MINT/PTSA on Friday, February 9 from 7:00-11:00PM at RSVP at Wards Corner Road.
“The silent auction will feature lots of great items and packages donated by area businesses and individuals, and spectacular themed baskets,” said Terri Doarn. “Back by popular request are teacher-donated items, such as Principal for a day, 1-hour Basketball Coaching Instruction, and 1- hour tutoring sessions.”
Some of the new items added to the silent auction are:
One hour of one on one football instruction with Andrew Marlatt, Loveland Varsity Football Coach
2 hour team training session by Loveland Varsity Soccer Coach (other coaches to follow)
Autographed Joe Gibbs NASCAR Helmet
1976 World Championship Reds score book – Original – Framed Cover
Signed Black & White Photograph of Muhamed Ali & Michael Jordan – Framed
The Intermediate school PE teachers are donating a personal Dodge ball game for a student and 29 friends!