What We're Reading in Cleveland This Morning: Jan. 14

- We think this is absolutely rich: An Ohio teacher is suing the Mariemont school district for forcing her to teach children. The hell, man?! Here's more via The Cleveland Leader:

If you thought that all teachers must love children in order to go into their line of work, you'd be wrong. One teacher in Ohio is proving this, after having sued her school district for discrimination, claiming that it forced her to teach younger children despite her fear of children.

Mariemont school district reassigned Maria C. Waltherr-Williard, a 61-year-old French teacher for 35 years, from high school to junior high.

- County Council President C. Ellen Connally and Vice President Dan Brady are pushing the county's charter review commission to review the policies surrounding sheriff appointments and firings. Earlier this month, County Exec Ed FitzGerald asked for Sheriff Bob Reid's resignation and got it. The gist here is that some council members would like to see term limits applied to the sheriff's seat.

- Natural gas development in the county - and certainly in Ohio - is faced with an oft-overlooked problem, according to The Wall Street Journal and Crain's Cleveland Business:

“In the debate about whether American workers have the right skills to fill jobs in manufacturing and growing sectors such as oil and gas extraction, failed drug tests are often an overlooked problem,” The Wall Street Journal reports. In parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia — a region undergoing an industrial transformation driven by shale gas — “employers and others say widespread drug use, particularly the abuse of prescription drugs, is affecting hiring,” according to the newspaper.

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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