1. As all my loyal Gadfly Bites subscribers know (love to all six of you!), your humble clips compiler loathes politics. So, as you can imagine, it is a very fallow week for proper news clips. I’ll soldier on, of course, but if any of you wanted to drop your subscription after reading this pathetic edition, I couldn’t blame you. The “driver's education company” Aceable has for some inexplicable reason released a list of the 25 most beautiful high schools in Ohio. For an even more inexplicable reason, the Enquirer has chosen to make this into “education news”. Can’t hurt that the top two schools are in the Cincy area, I imagine. But seriously, school quality is more about what goes on inside, right? Are any of these schools on the whole list any good academically? Oh. Maybe this is not inexplicable after all. (Cincinnati Enquirer, 11/4/18)
  2. Perhaps when the dust clears in Ohio’s ongoing War on Knowing Stuff, kids will get points toward a diploma based on the beauty of their high school building. That’d be cool. This piece—mainly just a bullet-point rundown of items discussed at the most recent meeting of the elected board of Canton City Schools—indicates that perhaps the war may be nearing an end. In it, we learn that nearly 40 percent of Canton’s Class of 2018 needed the alternative, non-academic pathways to earn a diploma. Currently, more than 47 percent of the Class of 2019 “need” those pathways to graduate. But, of course, those pathways are not available for the Class of 2019 at this time. That is why the board also passed a resolution urging state lawmakers to extend those pathways for 2019 and beyond. Might as well go ahead now because McKinley High School is not ever going to make it on anyone’s list of beautiful schools. (Canton Repository, 11/5/18)

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Jeff Murray comes to the Thomas B. Fordham Institute from a five-year stint at School Choice Ohio. At SCO, Jeff was involved with getting the word out to parents around the state about school voucher availability - directing postcard campaigns, call centers, and advertising campaigns over the last few years. Tens of thousands of parents across Ohio received the news…

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