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Answering Life’s Biggest Questions… Naps: The Shortest Two Hours of the Day, By Abigail Fischer and Katie DeLand -- Dear A+K, Is it me or do my kid's naptimes defy normal laws of science?   Where do these precious minutes go? Why do the two hours to myself seem like the shortest hours EVER? Am I mismanaging my time? Did I really spend two hours plucking my eyebrows? What have I been doing? Sincerely, Naps Nearly Missed. Dear Naps Nearly Missed, It's glorious, isn't it? That first... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Protecting Ohioans’ Paychecks
American workers know they’re working more than ever before, for less pay. They don’t think they can get by — much less get ahead — even if they work hard. And too often, they’re right that the deck is stacked against them. Across our country and our state, too many workers are putting in long hours for an honest day’s pay, only to have their employers... read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… When life hands you lemons, make bathtub gin, By Aprill Brandon
Ask any parent what their worst nightmare is and then immediately cancel any plans you had for the next three days. Because that’s how long they will take to answer you. Because parents are worried about everything. For instance, among my top ten worst nightmare scenarios as a pregnant mom of a toddler are: • A serial killer named Meatclaw kidnaps my son; • I go into labor... read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Reduced taxes on Ohioans will spur economic growth in all sectors -- Its tax season again, and local farmers are concerned by increased property tax bills.  Like last year these increases are caused by structural problems with the Current Agricultural Use Value Formula (CAUV).  Since the ultimate fix to this formula can only happen through a vote of Ohioans on the ballot, it is important we take steps in the legislature and at the tax department to make the minor adjustments... read more.
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Faber Encourages Parents to Provide Input on Ohio Learning Standards
COLUMBUS - Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) announced today that the Ohio Department of Education is seeking input from parents and communities regarding the revision of Ohio’s Learning Standards in math and English language arts. "It is important that parents review what their children are learning in school and I hope that many will take this opportunity... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Women’s History Month
Originating from a one week celebration in 1978, Women’s History Month has been celebrated since 1987 as a time to recognize women’s significant contributions to the fabric of our nation. Even with the vast progress that has been made in securing equal rights and opportunity for women, there is still work to be done. On average, women earn only 79 cents for... read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Constituents urged to Share Their Feedback on Ohio’s Education System - COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) is urging constituents in the 84th Ohio House District to fill out a short online survey to offer their views on education in Ohio. The survey is in response to recent concerns about the way in which Ohio’s recent school report cards were released. It can be accessed at www.tinyurl.com/buchyeducationsurvey “We... read more.
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Answering Life’s Biggest Questions… Stop the holiday madness, By Abigail Fischer and Katie DeLand -- Dear A+K: I guess I am new to this mom thing, and I've noticed that every holiday seems to be out-of-control. I don't remember my mom ever sprinkling glitter on the floor or baking  elaborate treats for school.  Am I missing something or do I need to step up my celebration game? Sincerely, Apparent Party Pooper. Dear Apparent Pooper: We are fresh off St. Patrick's Day and looking straight into the face of Easter... read more.
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Testing Update, Laura Bemus, Assistant Superintendent, Greenville City Schools
In February, 2016 districts across the state of Ohio received test data from the Ohio Department of Education for tests that were administered in April, 2015.  After receiving A’s in Value-Added overall data in 2013 and 2014, Greenville City Schools received an F, according to the grades released by the Ohio Department of Education... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes
Everyone knows that before you leave a restaurant you have to settle your bill — corporations shouldn’t get to play by different rules. But that’s exactly what is happening for too many American companies. There is perhaps no area of the tax code that is as broken as our international corporate tax system. American corporations are keeping record amounts... read more.
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One Thing Remains… Andrea Townsend, Director Administrative & Pupil Personnel Services, Greenville City Schools -- It seems we can hardly pick up a newspaper, watch a news program or a political ad without hearing about upcoming or proposed changes in our education system.  As a school district, we have spent a great deal of time combing through the almost daily updates regarding changes in policy and practice for Ohio’s public educational system.  Some of the latest buzz... read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… When pregnant women attack! By Aprill Brandon
The other day, my husband woke up, rolled over in bed and just stared at me, his bleary eyes full of fear. “What’s wrong?” I asked. “I had a dream. A long dream. That you were mad at me. Just one, long, giant dream of you being really angry at me,” he replied mechanically while shivering involuntarily. And there it was. Out of the mouths... read more.
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Education Week… Envisioning Education Policy Under a President Donald Trump
Education advocates and policy analysts are contemplating the possibility of a Donald Trump presidential administration—and, in many cases, having trouble bringing the picture into focus. With a few exceptions, the real estate developer and front-runner in the Republican race for the White House has steered clear of concrete talk about education policy, instead... read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Help the School Districts; Help the Students
In western Ohio, we have the best schools in the state.  Ohio’s public high schools were ranked 7th in the Nation in 2015 by US News and World Report.  Ohio needs to continue to support and empower the local school systems to give our children the highest quality education available. It is important that we work to reduce state interference with this high quality education... read more.
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Pretty Simple, Really, By Kate Burch
I read with great interest recently an op-ed by Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of the Success Academies network of charter schools in New York City.  Ms. Moskowitz described a pattern of criticism of the charters by the press and by many Education professors because they enforce what the critics paint as overly strict discipline.  The charters’ strict... read more.
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Revelations: A New Way of Thinking… Preparing for the End Times, By Aaron Olson
My wife gave me the idea of writing a preppers column from a Christian’s point of view. I will cover a whole slew of topics from prepping, to self-reliance skills, to revelations in the news and my interpretation of that news. I'm not here to have an argument on the ideas of the rapture timeframes. My wife and I have differing views, and there are probably times she thinks I'm off my rocker, but that’s ok... read more.
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nswering Life’s Biggest Questions… Dump the SUV… Minivans make magic, By Abigail Fischer and Katie DeLand -- Dear A+K, I am currently pregnant and due with #3..... I am struggling with whether to enter the minivan world or to stand strong and continue the SUV swagger. Help! Sincerely, Living the Dream. Dear Living the Dream, Coming from two moms that drive minivans LIKE ITS OUR JOB, we say go for it. Don't stand strong and breathe through the temptation: save that for laboring the baby... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Keeping the Promise of a Secure Retirement
Last week, I met with Rita Lewis of West Chester, in Butler County. Rita was in Washington to testify in front of the Senate Finance Committee in honor of her late husband, Butch. Butch worked as a trucker for 40 years with the promise that the pension he earned would be there to care for his family after he retired. But for Butch and Rita and thousands more... read more.
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It’s that time of the year, By Susan Olling
Yes, the annual Tidal Basin Weed Festival is almost upon us, a four-week ordeal that some will avoid like the plague. What does this bring?  Lots of tourists tying up our little subway system or trying to drive to see those dratted trees.  The hordes of school groups are in a class by themselves when it comes to being tourists.  No pun intended. Not that... read more.
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Lucky babies and elections, By Jim Surber
I was struck by a recent headline that seemed radically different from normal. A pronouncement from Warren Buffett in his annual letter to Berkshire-Hathaway shareholders reads in part: "It’s an election year, and candidates can’t stop speaking about our country’s problems (which, of course, only they can solve)," Buffett further writes. "As a... read more.
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Answering Life’s Biggest Questions… Necessary Nagger advised to try texting and emojis, By Abigail Fischer and Katie DeLand - Dear A+K, The other day I was home with my 2 year old when I couldn't find her favorite doll. I frantically called my husband (3 consecutive times) and he answered in a worried and frustrated tone. Was this an emergency? "Absolutely- her doll is missing." Needless to say, I was scolded for ensuing panic unnecessarily and informed... read more.
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State Rep. Jim Buchy... PARCC Test Gets an “F” in Western Ohio
We have the best schools in the state and we cannot allow the bureaucrats in Columbus to reduce our community pride through faulty testing and flawed report cards. A little over a year ago, we were celebrating the fine work of our local schools.  When the Ohio Report Cards first came out, each of the 27 schools in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and Shelby Counties proved... read more.
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State Rep. Jim Buchy … Buchy Applauds the Formation of new Advocacy Network
Encourages the Department of Education and Legislative Leaders to Look to This Group for Sound Policy Ideas - COLUMBUS- State Representative Jim Buchy (R- Greenville) applauds the formation of the Northwest/West Central Ohio Public School Advocacy Network.  This group of superintendents from nearly 40 school districts, career centers and... read more.
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