NOTE: Gadfly Bites is back after a Thanksgiving break. Clips cover November 25 – 30.
- In case you missed it over the holiday weekend,
. (Hometown Stations, Lima, 11/29/20) Prior to the bill’s enactment, . Interesting analysis; interesting tone. (Cleveland Jewish News, 11/27/20)
- And speaking of legislation,
…and from Howard Fleeter too, it seems. (Columbus Dispatch, 11/30/20)
- In other weekend/holiday break news: the planned
Spectrum News and about a million other Ohio news outlets are glad you asked. (Spectrum News 1, 11/26/20)
- Sticking with pandemic-related news for a moment, this piece is about
with no normality in sight. There’s a lot here in a brief space, as seen through the eyes of high school junior Daizhon Cox, which makes a lot of sense given the situation. Check it out. (ABC6, Columbus, 11/26/20) Even more interesting: than what Daizhon describes above. (Columbus Dispatch, 11/29/20)
- In non-rona news, you will recall that 2019-2020 was the first year that all of Akron City Schools’ high schools became college or career academies. Obviously, things took an unexpected turn in March, but this piece apparently hails from just before that time. It is the
as feeders into that new system. At least one thing we didn’t know before March: the academy thing is borrowed wholesale from Nashville’s public school system. This piece, nearly eight months late in appearing, looks at how that system is performing. Super great, if Nashville hosts (and Akron visitors) say so themselves. And their word is nearly all that we the readers are given in terms of analysis. The only data provided is a boost in high school graduation rates (like literally every other high school in America over the same period), one example of a kid who was allowed to take his state tests on a different schedule, and how so-called “student-based” budgeting can be used to buy vans for kids to drive around in. (Tellingly, the phrase “It means the money follows the student wherever they go to school, and a building receives more if they have higher needs, like more English language learners” is buried at the bottom of the piece.) Sadly, Nashville school officials did not find a single student, current or former, who actually followed an academy pathway into a job after more than 15 years of implementation. Hopefully that issue might be addressed in future pieces. (Akron Beacon Journal, 11/29/20) Meanwhile, . (And for whom some folks are already being paid, no doubt.) There’s no mention of rona-related considerations, thus I also assume this whole set up predates the pandemic. If so, it just reinforces my suspicions about how schools’ pre-pandemic quality has influenced the way they responded to it. (Crawford Source, 11/30/20) Speaking of repeating patterns: In 2017, Dayton City Schools lowered its GPA for sports eligibility to 1.0—a.k.a. “rock bottom”—with a set of requirements that students between 1.0 and 1.99 had to follow to maintain that eligibility, including regular attendance at “study tables”. At a meeting of the elected board of Dayton City Schools this week, members were told that those study table efforts “didn’t last very long.” In response, . They also voted to buy more RTA passes for students to use whenever schools reopen, so they are at least consistent in doubling down on stuff that has proven not to work, rona realities be damned! (Dayton Daily News, 11/27/20)
- Finally this week, , as presented by the CEO and approved by the Academic Distress Commission. Unlike the last one, this version covers ten years (ten!) and is not the subject of any lawsuits. Yet. (Mahoning Matters, 11/26/20)
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