LOCAL NAACP: The NAACP’s Cincinnati chapter and the Baptist Ministers Conference recently called out Cincinnati Public Schools for not hiring enough minority contractors as part of the district’s $1.07 billion plan to renovate and rebuild many schools. Because the project is paid using taxpayer money, CPS set a goal of using 20 percent but said it had used only 11.9 percent so far. Even that turned out to be incorrect, however.
Digging by the NAACP revealed that a $9 million contract the district included in that figure went to a white-owned firm. That means actual minority participation is 10 percent or less. CPS blamed an accounting error, but it’s odd the “error” was found only after the NAACP did the research. We expect more from district officials.
CINTAS: A federal appellate court threw out the Mason-based company’s appeal alleging that labor unions had illegally conspired against it. In 2008, Cintas filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) lawsuit against the unions, alleging a Web site amounted to unfair competition and generated profits for the union by diverting sales and profits away from the company.
A year later, a District Court ruled that Cintas’ complaint failed to prove any actionable RICO claim, adding, “Cintas does not have a right to operate free from any criticism, organized or otherwise.”
Perhaps stomping their feet in disgust, Cintas board members appealed. Now they’ve lost again. Their time and money would be better spent on improving worker safety in their laundries.
JENNIFER BRUNNER: A new poll indicates Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has a better shot at defeating the likely Republican candidate, former Congressman Rob Portman, in this fall’s U.S. Senate race compared to Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher. A Rasmussen survey shows Brunner narrowing the gap with Portman in a hypothetical match-up, with Portman getting 43 percent to Brunner’s 40 percent. By comparison, Portman gets 44 percent to Fisher’s 37 percent.
The results indicate previously undecided Democratic voters are throwing their support to Brunner. Despite his strong-arm tactics to get Brunner to drop out, it’s Fisher who should be considering a departure from the Democratic primary race.
FOREST HILLS SCHOOLS: With so much media attention focused on the actions of Cincinnati officials, one can always count on suburban politicians to try to discreetly bend the rules (see: Cleves Police Department). The latest violator is the Forest Hills School District, which potentially violated Ohio’s open meetings laws by discussing the concept of merging Anderson and Turpin high schools into one facility behind closed doors.
Thanks to a lawsuit filed by the Forest Hills Journal, the chicanery has been brought to light. Let voters watch the deliberations, Mr. Superintendent. They pay your bills.