Focus on education

Our K-12 educational system in Ohio is in need of an overhaul, from the way we fund our schools to the way we administer an education.

With all we know about failing charter schools, and how many of the operators have fleeced Ohio taxpayers, I am surprised public education is not a major issue in the election for our next governor.

The recent release of the grades for our public schools clearly shows there is much need for improvement, yet still, no one seems to be speaking up.

Our children are our future. We adults need to step up and let our voices be heard.

We should begin with the way the schools are funded. End the system of local property tax funding and redistribution, and devise a simple, equitable and constitutionally fair funding system. Tap the profits from the lottery and gambling more deeply. Ohio promised us that when these two issues were proposed and approved by voters, but schools get just a small portion of the proceeds. They should get 75 percent, at minimum.

Next, design our public schools system to ensure all our children get a quality education and make it the top priority.

This is where Ohio can truly set an example. Focus on a well-rounded education and pay teachers a competitive wage. Give them the resources and the support they need to properly educate and care for each and every child, and hold them accountable for performance. Pay bonuses for outstanding educators. Give them every chance to pursue their passion and become your kid’s favorite teacher.

Lastly, close the charter schools. Instead, create oversight and curriculum by the public schools system which would be more effective and cost efficient.

Dennis Moncrief, Cuyahoga Falls

 

More convenient for voters

While snafus with absentee ballot applications can seem like a relatively minor inconvenience, they point to some important reforms that state and local officials should implement (“Post office rejects some requests for absentee ballots,” Sept. 20).

Voters would benefit greatly if state officials would create an option for voters to permanently opt-in to having their ballot sent by mail every election. Voters with disabilities, seniors and others who prefer the convenience of voting at home would be saved the hassle of requesting an absentee ballot in each election. It would also benefit election officials, who would no longer need to mail absentee ballot applications to these voters or process extra forms.

Ohio should also step into the 21st century by allowing voters to request an absentee ballot electronically. Voters can already register to vote or update their registration online; allowing them to request an absentee ballot electronically is a natural next step. Enabling voters to use an online form would also save elections officials time and resources processing paper applications and would minimize potential errors or misreading of handwriting.

Elections should be free and fair for everyone, and these simple improvements to our vote-by-mail process would make voting even more convenient and accessible.

Mike Brickner

Ohio state director

All Voting Is Local

Cleveland

 

Unkind eviction notice

Aside from the horror of putting people/families out of their tents and into the street as winter approaches (I know, I know ... they’re going to find them homes), how could Akron City Council make the tent city eviction date be officially “by Thanksgiving,” as stated in the Sept. 18 article? Were the hateful optics of that deliberate? Or are they that astoundingly stupid?

Maybe we could hand the people a frozen turkey in their cart of belongings as they’re shepherded out of Homeless Charity and Village.

Deb Canale, Akron