1. The Speaker of the Ohio House held an (extremely) informal presser late last week, talking about his priorities for the new General Assembly session. Several items regarding charter schools got the attention of the attendant journos. To wit: The proposed elimination of for-profit charter school operators in the state… (Columbus Dispatch, 2/1/19) …and the Speaker’s aversion to direct-funding charter schools in favor of passing charter funds through traditional districts as per the status quo. (Statehouse News Bureau, 2/1/19)
  2. That was quick. The new CEO for East Cleveland City Schools was named late last week. He is the current assistant supe for nearby Maple Heights City Schools. You can read his introductory words in the PD, including the very weird quote that provides the title for today’s clips. If you ask me (which nobody ever does, of course, dude is taking a whole lot of credit for a dubious “achievement”. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2/1/19) Of course, all of this naming and tasting and seeing and lauding of “Ds” will all be moot when someone successfully takes down the state’s new(ish) Academic Distress protocols. Maybe it will be the elected board of East Cleveland City Schools, whose court case to achieve such a take down last week got the green light to move forward. (Elyria Chronicle, 2/3/19)

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Jeff Murray is a lifelong resident of central Ohio. He previously worked at School Choice Ohio and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. He has two degrees from the Ohio State University. He lives in the Clintonville neighborhood with his wife and twin daughters. He is proud every day to support the Fordham mission to help make excellent education options more numerous and more readily available for families and…

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