- The elected leaders of Dayton City Schools finally got some proposals before them this week, intended to address longstanding school transportation issues. Most of them seem pretty far removed from kids/parents/schools/routes, but that didn’t stop the money spigot from being opened to full blast for them all. One of the proposals, a new transportation hub whose putative location was deemed unimportant to include in the coverage, will not be a reality for at least a year and is not, as you might suppose, geared toward getting buses closer to kids. It is, instead, intended to serve a…more basic function, we are told. (Dayton Daily News, 1/19/23)
- Personally, I believe that very little good will come of this move—school-based Esports going under the thumb of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA)—but that’s only because I’ve seen every sequel, prequel, reboot, reimagining, and spinoff of this franchise already. Especially not for the actual participating kids. (Columbus Dispatch, 1/18/23)
- I have not talked about the recent goings-on at Akron City Schools (except for the blessed lack of a strike earlier this month) for a number of reasons. Mainly because some of it likely borders on the criminal, and that’s not what Bites are about. But this is: The extreme nitty gritty of life and learning (such as it is) inside Akron City Schools. I won’t comment on the six proposals put forth here as potential ways to lower violence in district schools, which is the point of the piece. But the ways in which both routine (IEP designation of students) and new (Akron’s 100 percent focus on career academy pathways) policies and operations contribute to the ongoing problems are eye- opening. Huge kudos to reporter Doug Livingston for his dogged, detailed digging on the topic. (Akron Beacon Journal, 1/20/23)
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