1. All of today’s news revolves around school districts operating under a declaration of academic distress and all that goes along with it. First up, despite the ongoing litigation relating to the academic distress designation, the first appointees to East Cleveland’s Academic Distress Commission were announced late last week by the Ohio Department of Education. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/12/18)
  2. Meanwhile, OG ADC CEO Krish Mohip announced last week that he will be leaving Youngstown when his current contract expires in June. (Youngstown Vindicator, 10/12/18) Editors in Youngstown today opined on their hopes for the next district CEO. (Youngstown Vindicator, 10/15/18)
  3. Finally today, Lorain City Schools has released a new guidebook explaining to parents the new standards-based grading protocol in place in Kindergarten through 8th grade. It replaces typical A-to-F/GPA grading in favor of a five-point scale indicating distance from mastery. (Northern Ohio Morning Journal, 10/12/18)

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Jeff Murray is a lifelong resident of central Ohio. He previously worked at School Choice Ohio and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. He has two degrees from the Ohio State University. He lives in the Clintonville neighborhood with his wife and twin daughters. He is proud every day to support the Fordham mission to help make excellent education options more numerous and more readily available for families and…

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