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  • Statement of 8th District Congressional Candidate Vanessa Enoch on Federal Immigrant Family Separation Policy

    Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    "I am truly outraged by The Trump Administration’s 'zero tolerance' policy of separating children from their parents.

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  • Butler County Democratic Party to hold Executive Committee meeting

    Friday, June 15, 2018

    (HAMILTON)- The Butler County Executive Committee will meet in Trenton on Thurs., June 21 to appoint over 40 new members to its Executive Committee as consider a resolution to endorse Rich Cordray for Governor and Vanessa Enoch for the 8th Congressional District.  The party will also h

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  • Seeking a better way to fund Ohio schools

    Friday, June 15, 2018 | Dayton Daily News

    When the Lakota School District put a levy on the ballot in 2013, I was part of a great team that worked very hard to help it pass, which it did. It was crucial for the school district.

    What I learned about school funding, both while working on the levy and since, is a big part of why I’m running for public office. Have you ever heard of ECOT?

    It may be the biggest financial scandal in Ohio history.

    ECOT — the “Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow” — closed earlier this year. It was a “virtual” school. Its 12,000 students were spread across Ohio, getting their education online.

    ECOT was privately owned, and a for-profit school. Yet it was also considered, under state law, a public charter school. It received about $1 billion in taxpayer money since it opened in 2000.

    State Auditor Dave Yost said that ECOT was inflating its attendance numbers. Yost said ECOT was counting a computer turned on at a student’s home as meaning the child was doing schoolwork. Really? As every parent with a school-age child and a computer knows, a computer turned on does not mean schoolwork is being done. The Ohio Department of Education said ECOT overcharged taxpayers by $80 million just in the last two years.

    Yost is referring his audit to law enforcement authorities to see if criminal charges should be filed.

    How did ECOT get away with this for so long? Well, ECOT’s founder, Bill Lager, and his associates donated millions to members of the Ohio Statehouse over many years. Is there a connection? You decide.

    Our school funding system in Ohio is broken.

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