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Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich wants to require factory internships for teachers to promote jobs for students

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Ohio teachers could be required to serve internships with local businesses to renew their licenses under a new budget proposed by Gov. John Kasich.

These “externships” — or, in other words, job shadowing — would require teachers to gain “on-site work experience” with a business or chamber of commerce as part of their continuing education requirement for license renewal, reported the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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The internships were suggested late last year by the governor’s Executive Workforce Board in hopes of establishing better ties between schools and their local business communities.

The director of Kasich’s Office of Workforce Transformation said businesses often are unable to find qualified workers, and the externships are intended to show teachers what skills are needed in the job market.

Ryan Burgess, the officer’s director, said the experience would help teachers discuss careers with their students.

“Our students think they have to move away to get a job because they just don’t know what jobs exist in their backyard,” Burgess said he’s heard teachers say. “If teachers know what kinds of jobs do exist in their local communities, perhaps they can communicate that to their students.”

The State Board of Education would outline the requirements — which could be as simple as an hour-long tour of a factory or as involved as serving an in-depth internship, reported the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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A local business or organization might offer to pay teachers for their time, the Enquirer reported, but that’s not how job shadowing typically works.

The president of the state teachers union isn’t against the idea, in theory, but would prefer they enter state policy as recommendations or best practices instead of as requirements.

Melissa Cropper, head of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, which represents about 20,000 teachers, said some regions of the state might not have enough opportunities for educators to meet those requirements — which she said wouldn’t necessarily help all teachers.

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“We’re suggesting a kindergarten teacher get an externship at a business,” Cropper said. “Is an externship really going to add to the quality of what you’re doing in the classroom?”

The Ohio Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, opposes the proposed license requirement as “unnecessary.”

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The budget provision was first spotted by the public education advocacy blog Join the Future, and individual teachers reacted strongly against the proposal.

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Impeachment hearing explodes with applause as Jackie Speier highlights Trump’s daily lies

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Texas Republican Rep. Mike Conaway on Thursday argued that it was not illegal for Republicans to "out" the White House whistleblower.

Conway cited a Washington Post "fact-check" that gave "Three Pinocchios" to the claim that the whistleblower has a statutory right to anonymity.

Following his time, Ambassador Gordon Sondland was questioned by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA).

During Speier's questioning, she was interrupted by Conaway, who brought up The Post giving "Three Pinocchios."

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Conservative attorney dismantles GOP arguments against impeachment: ‘Trump’s abuse threatens your freedom’

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A conservative attorney knocked down Republican arguments against impeachment one by one in a viral tweet, and urged others to support the removal President Donald Trump.

Bryan Gividen, an appellate attorney from Dallas, touted his conservative bona fides by describing himself as a "pro-religious liberty, pro-life, would snort Cocaine Mitch’s judicial confirmations" if he could -- but still said he supports Trump's impeachment.

"At this point, there is no question that President Trump directed U.S. officials to withhold security funding to the Ukraine so Ukraine would investigate the Bidens," Gividen began. "That is the kind of abuse of the President’s authority we should not tolerate."

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Trump turns bizarre handwritten notes into all-caps Twitter rage spasm: ‘I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO!’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday wrote down his impeachment inquiry talking points in sharpie marker.

While leaving the White House for a visit to Texas, Trump read his notes to reporters, but refused to take questions.

During the flight, Trump then tweeted out his notes to his 66.9 million Twitter followers.

https://twitter.com/samstein/status/1197200696044654593

....”I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO! TELL PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO DO THE RIGHT THING!” Later, Ambassador Sondland said that I told him, “Good, go tell the truth!” This Witch Hunt must end NOW. So bad for our Country!

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