We’re back a day early (that’ll teach you!) with a roundup of clips we missed between December 22 and 31, 2021. Back with regular thrice-weekly publication for 2022 starting tomorrow. You have been warned.
- I have never heard of tiny little Dalton Local Schools (in eastern Ohio, halfway between Wooster and Massillon), and as a first-time intro, this piece feels weird to me.
(In the midst of a global pandemic, that’s what you want to cheer about?) Now the district has changed his title to “success coach” and he seems to be focused mostly on athletes. To wit: “We have student council, we have national honor society…but then we also want to look at our extracurricular activities and how do we help develop leaders that are in those programs as well.” I guess it’s a good thing there’s nothing else pressing. But is there nothing else? Really? (The Daily Record, 12/21/21)
- Speaking of year-end stories, the
- Let’s move on to some better news, shall we? School choice is praised extremely highly in this piece. I would tell you that it discusses in detail the difficulties involved in maintaining choice—including families traveling hours each day using their own cars—and that the schools are seen by parents as indispensable future-builders for their children. But you already know about all that, don’t you? I personally am very pleased that
. (Columbus Dispatch, 12/23/21)
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- Finally, to put an appropriate pin in 2021 education news, . Instead of phasing in the new formula in October, as hoped, “significant changes to the calculation and payment of state foundation funding” necessitated a bunch of “IT development and quality assurance testing” which, it seems, was still not complete at the end of the year, but is intended for rollout with monthly payments to schools in January. Auld acquaintance, indeed. (Gongwer Ohio, 12/27/21)
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