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The permanent scar


Child abuse leaves a permanent scar on its victims.


Children don’t know why they are being abused. It is even sadder when abuse is the only way of life they know.


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse is everyone’s business.


About 70 percent of children who die from child abuse are under 4. They can’t make the call, so somebody else has to do it. There is a report of child abuse nationwide every 10 seconds….


In one study, children whose parents abuse alcohol and other drugs were three times more likely to be abused and more than four times more likely to be neglected than children from families without abuse….


The scars of child abuse in families with substance abuse are evident. As many as two-thirds of the people in treatment for drug abuse reported being abused or neglected as children….


The cycle of child abuse continues when the abused child grows up and becomes a parent. About 30 percent of abused and neglected children will abuse their own children.


If you suspect child abuse or neglect, don’t hesitate to call the police or children services. Inaction may result in injury or even death. It is better to make the call instead of waiting. Children services or the police will investigate and take appropriate action if necessary …


— The Marietta Times


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Transparency required


Ohio lawmakers are reviewing Gov. John Kasich’s proposed updates to the state budget. It’s greatly to be hoped that the governor and Republican-controlled General Assembly will use that process to start paying adequate attention to the quality and transparency of charter schools that collect state aid.


Charter schools are officially public schools, but they are not bound by many of the state regulations and union agreements that govern traditional schools. Some charter schools are run by universities and other community institutions; others are privately managed, for-profit operations.


More than 116,000 students attend Ohio charter schools. Proponents say they provide choice and competition that improve the quality of instruction in all schools, especially urban ones….


Yet too many for-profit Ohio charter schools have stayed open — and continued to pocket large taxpayer subsidies — less on the strength of their academic programs than on the size of their operators’ campaign contributions to Statehouse politicians. Oversight of charter schools, by the legislature and the state Department of Education, is not what it needs to be….


Primary regulation needs to return to the state. The House approved a bill last week that would tighten state oversight of charter-school sponsors; the Senate needs to go along…


If charter schools are to compete fairly with traditional public schools, they must be held to the same standards of quality and accountability. And if state government insists on maintaining its current double standard, its leaders need to tell taxpayers why.


— The Toledo Blade

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