- Let’s start with the best news of the week: A groundbreaking ceremony was held earlier this week for a new charter school in Cincinnati the first IDEA school in the state. Best wishes to all involved and full speed ahead to the August 2022 opening! (WVXU-FM, Cincinnati, 11/9/21)
- The CEO of Youngstown City Schools earlier this week announced an ambitious-sounding plan to build a school-centric broadband infrastructure for district families and staff using federal Covid-relief dollars. (Vindy.com, 11/10/21) But he overplayed his hand it seems, and by the next day, that plan had evaporated in a haze of vitriol and particularly Youngstown-scented weirdness. As, I expect, did the CEO’s prospects of being kept on when district control reverts back to the elected school board imminently. (Vindy.com, 11/11/21)
- Why exactly is this super-cool sounding means of teaching math—what with its “overwhelming positive feedback for the ways it makes math, physics and computer science fun for students and for the educational gaps it has filled, especially during the transition to distanced learning during the COVID-19 pandemic” and all—considered an “alternative pathway” to learning this stuff? Sounds like it should probably be made the primary pathway. Like, yesterday. (Marion Star, 11/12/21)
- And speaking of pathways, the doors of Columbus State Community College are being thrown open wide for the next three graduating classes of Columbus City Schools—guaranteed admission, tuition paid for by a combo of city and philanthropic sources, wraparound services, and more. I am looking forward to gobs of valuable data on the utilization and outcomes of this effort. (Columbus Dispatch, 11/10/21)
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