No Bites on Friday (to help you avoid indigestion). Back Monday after Thanksgiving. Let’s hope there are some clips worth snarking upon when we return.
- Nonprofit organization HOPE Toledo recently received a $300,000 grant to continue its work providing full ride college scholarships and additional supports to graduates of Toledo City Schools’ Scott High School. The piece doesn’t say where that new seed money came from, but it seems like folks are grateful for all the additional green no matter what. Longtime Gadfly Bites subscribers (Happy Turkey Day to all six of you!) will see what I did there. (WTOL-TV, Toledo, 11/17/21)
- In Cincinnati, a new all-boys Catholic grade school is planned for the Bond Hill neighborhood in fall of 2023. It will be the first in the low-income neighborhood and the donors responsible for getting the ball rolling are hopeful that the new option will prove attractive to local families. New boys’ school coming. (Local 12 News, Cincinnati, 11/18/21) Between now and then, a number of changes and consolidations will be coming to the various parishes—and schools—in the Diocese of Cincinnati in response to a shortage of priests. (Spectrum News 1, 11/22/21)
- Meanwhile, in the Cincinnati City School District, the president of the elected school board seems defiantly determined to win back the love of SORTA, the local transit agency, despite the rather rancorous relations reported in the news over the last several months. Her stated desire to rekindle the decades-old partnership for transporting district students again next year also runs directly in opposition to her own board’s vote to look for other partners, a situation which made it impossible by law for SORTA to work with the district—a fact which SORTA officials are having to awkwardly repeat in the press. Ouch. Love can be so complicated sometimes, can’t it? (Local 12 News, Cincinnati, 11/22/21)
- I don’t want to call it a Thanksgiving miracle, but somebody out there seems to like really like Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee (both the letter and the spirit of the thing) according to this opinion piece published yesterday. And that someone is an elementary school principal! (Daily Advocate, 11/23/21)
- And finally on holiday eve: What more needs to be said about an amazing-sounding afterschool program in Dayton that has been running for more than a decade, is entirely volunteer-staffed, teaches coding as well as career and life skills, has done more to fire up interest in computer science among local youth than Dayton City Schools, and is run by a 71-year-old retired Army major? Only “more of this, please!”. (Dayton Daily News, 11/21/21)
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