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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Will Rosa offer her two cents on the "65 cents?"

Education reporter Jennifer Mrozowski writes:

It's no Kramer versus Kramer…yet.

But a ranking state Democrat wants to know where Cincinnati Public Schools superintendent Rosa Blackwell stands on her husband Ken Blackwell's education proposal billed as "the 65-cent solution."

Gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell proposes a funding system requiring Ohio school districts to spend at least 65 cents of every dollar on "in the classroom" instruction, according to his Web site.

But Rosa Blackwell has been mum on her husband's proposals, which would undoubtedly impact the 35,600-student Cincinnati Public Schools.

A press release today from State Senator Teresa Fedor of Toledo, the ranking member on the Ohio Senate Education Committee, said Fedor joined other education leaders today in criticizing what her office called a disastrous solution for funding Ohio public schools.

Fedor said "the critics include former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, former Reagan Administration Secretary of Education William J. Bennett and the Washington-based Thomas B. Fordham Institute which is a non-profit education research organization with ties to Dayton, Ohio."

Fedor called out Rosa Blackwell, questioning "whether or not Secretary Blackwell’s hometown public school system, which his wife oversees, would even be in support of such a poorly devised plan."

"While it sounds easy to support the idea of 2/3 of the schools’ money to be spent in the classroom, it is simply too blunt a proposal that ignores far too many factors," said Senator Fedor. "The proposal focuses solely on input to schools, rather than output - such as what the schools are producing as far as a quality education. It appears to be just another one-size fits all scheme that would inevitably negatively impact vital services outside the classroom - transportation, nutrition, libraries, health-related services - all of which promote higher student achievement. Additionally, there have been no studies to prove that the 65% plan actually increases achievement. Would Cincinnati and other public school superintendents even support the plan?"

Cincinnati schools spokeswoman Janet Walsh said Rosa Blackwell is unavailable for comment today. But will she ever comment?

"She really hasn’t talked at all about the things he is proposing," Walsh said. "They have had separate careers for quite some time."

Walsh said that she doesn't know how classroom instruction was defined in the 65-cent solution, but she added that Cincinnati Public Schools' board of education passed a $428.6 million budget that devotes 71 percent of general fund dollars on schools and school support for the upcoming school year.


at 10:22 PM, June 29, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what she thinks about how her husband stole the 2004 election. I wonder if Carl Weisel will ever tell us who the people are that they asked if there was a conspiracy to steal the election. I bet you asked Ken Blackwell, didn't you?

at 12:09 AM, June 30, 2006 Anonymous 71-cent solution? said...

Sounds like Cincy needs to cut six percent from books, buses, computers and teachers and push it up to administration. Get Rosa out of the garden.

at 12:11 AM, June 30, 2006 Anonymous Passing the buckwheat said...

I'll be 100 cents she doesn't....

at 7:31 AM, June 30, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

buckwheat blackwell might think that spending more money on classroom activities for student will help children, but he obviously doesn't know schmidt !!

Learning arithmatic and english will do NOTHING to help train the inner-city blacks who buckwheat blackwell just wants to ignore.

Uncle Tom blackwell just wants to ignore his own people !!


No book learning is going to teach those students anything about their future occupations: drug-dealing and street corner guard.

How does reading f-in Shakespeare prepare you in scatter-shotting your 9mm?


Unlce T's just going to fill those black kids' heads with skills that they don't even want.

The Dems are going to sell buckwheat blackwell down the river in chains !!

at 8:03 AM, June 30, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

buckwheat blackwell is all about suppressive control.

He is either trying to control elections by suppressing votes or the class room by financial restrictions.

He is a great follower of the propaganda machine.

Hitler would have loved him !

at 11:15 AM, June 30, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blackwell just doesn't have the energy to compete:

Strickland Makes
"Ohio Declaration of Energy Independence"

On Eve of 4th of July Weekend, Strickland Says
Tackling Energy Challenges Critical to Ohio's Future

Columbus, Ohio - Building on his Turnaround Ohio plan which provides $250 million a year in tax-free bonds for alternative energy investment, gubernatorial candidate Congressman Ted Strickland today pledged to vault Ohio to the forefront of America's movement toward energy independence.

"As governor, I will make this state the epicenter of the advanced energy industry. Ohio will create more jobs than any other state in clean coal, biofuels, and wind turbine technologies," Strickland said.

Strickland's plan would boost production of Ohio energy sources, including clean coal, ethanol and coal-to-liquid fuel, and make Ohio a center for renewable energy and component production.

"Energy is the very foundation of our economic strength, but too often we rely on others outside our state and our country to provide it," Strickland said. "Our energy should come from the Midwest, not the Middle East. Utilizing all of Ohio's natural resources, we can grow our economy and become a leading energy producer at the same time."

Ohio ranks fifth in overall energy consumption in the U.S. and fourth in industrial energy use. To meet our growing energy demand, it's critical we ramp up Ohio's production and explore cutting-edge clean and renewable technologies.

Below are the five goals of Strickland's Ohio Declaration of Energy Independence:

1.) Double Coal Production: Today we produce only 40% of the coal we consume. By creating incentives for coal and clean coal production, we should double coal production from 23 million short tons to 46 million short tons a year. This alone will create about 1,500 direct and 7,500 indirect jobs in Southeast Ohio. The reserves are there, but we need to spur new mining and exploration efforts in our state.

2.) Double Ethanol Consumption: We should aim to double the 225 million gallons of ethanol Ohio uses every year, and expand our production capacity as well. Today, six plants are in the blueprint stage or beyond. If they're all built, they will produce as much ethanol as we consume and we can begin to export ethanol to meet the growing demand for alternative fuels across the country. We should also develop comprehensive state approaches to biofuel use that take us from production to distribution to retail sale to consumption.

3.) Encourage Development of Coal-to-Liquid Technology: We need to make Ohio a leader in new coal-to-liquid fuel technology being explored at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. A plant utilizing this technology has the potential to bring $1.5 billion in investment into Ohio and create 1,000 construction jobs and 300 operations jobs. The plant could produce about 10% of what the armed forces need for jet and diesel fuel by turning Ohio coal into liquid fuel.

4.) Reduce State Energy Usage: By conducting an energy audit of state facilities, we will aim to cut state energy usage by 5% in the first year and by 15% by 2010. This will save taxpayer dollars and should spur those in the private sector to reap similar cost savings.

5.) Make Ohio a Renewable Energy Leader: By creating a regulatory and tax climate that encourages entrepreneurship and investment, we can make Ohio a center for renewable energy generation and component production, creating more than 20,000 jobs. It's critical that the next governor be an aggressive advocate for Ohio, helping to land major projects like the Department of Energy's $1 billion Future Gen plant, the world's first coal-based, zero emissions power plant.

at 11:22 AM, June 30, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dems are going to sell buckwheat blackwell down the river in chains !!

The Dems don't have to sell a thing the wRong wing nuts have already sold their soul.

How do you spell wRong wing nuts ?


lol, lol, lol

at 1:42 PM, June 30, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am still trying to decide who is better looking - Rosa or Ken. I am going with Ken. Rosa just doesn't look like she came from as good as stock as good ol Ken.

at 4:35 PM, June 30, 2006 Anonymous Just wondering said...

Could someone comment: With Ken Blackwell functioning in Columbus and Rosa Blackwell committed to her Cincinnati school career, how much time do they spend together? If one is elected governor, would the other leave Cincinnati to live in Bexley, or commute to work from Bexley, or just how would that whole thing work?

at 8:36 PM, June 30, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

at 6/30/2006 4:35 PM Just wondering said...

No need to wonder or worry. buckwheat blackwell will never make it to the governor house unless it is to serve drinks !!

Red blood Republicans will never let black-ie in the same pool with them !!

Just ask those folks in Wyoming !!


at 12:34 AM, July 01, 2006 Anonymous Just wondering... said...

Buckwheat already lives in Columbus area with his girlfriend...so Bexley is not a problem for him.

at 9:55 PM, July 02, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rosa will support whatever crazy plans her idiot husband offers for schools. Rosa doesn't care about the schools, or the students. She only cares about her husband's career and her own. That's why she was the only Ohio school superindendent who didn't oppose Blackwell's TEL Amendment before he flip-flopped on it. Rosa Blackwell is a disgrace and shouldn't be trusted with our schools any more than her husband should be trusted with our state.

at 4:27 PM, July 03, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now come on, Rosa does care about the schools that she was educated in and has worked in for over 35 years. Rosa also cares about that $200,000 per year salary she is making. She is just a caring person.

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