1. The General Assembly’s Joint Education Oversight Committee is back in action this week (!) after a three month hiatus. This week’s meeting under a new chair will reevaluate priorities and sound out some issues to pursue for the future. Hope they can think of some good ones. (Gongwer Ohio, 3/19/18) Meanwhile, state supe Paolo DeMaria is traveling around the state kicking the tires on a draft five-year strategic plan with the help of the public, including students. (Canton Repository, 3/20/18)
  2. Speaking of plans, here is more concrete detail (sorry about that pun) on proposed changes to Elyria Schools’ construction plan. Looks like plans for two promised K-4 schools are being shelved in order to keep costs in line. Folks are steamed by the perceived bait-and-switch, but here’s hoping that calm and realistic deliberations will prevail. (Elyria Chronicle, 3/20/18)
  3. In school board news: Lorain City Schools’ Board of Education found time in its no-doubt jam-packed meeting agenda earlier this week to take a vote of no confidence in the district’s CEO. (Northern Ohio Morning Journal, 3/19/18) Dayton City Schools’ Board of Education, as expected, voted to make the interim district supe the permanent supe. And it gave her a raise. Congrats! (Dayton Daily News, 3/20/18) Commiserations, however, for Youngstown CEO Krish Mohip after the Boulder Valley Schools’ Board of Education in Colorado voted not to hire him as the district’s next supe. (Youngstown Vindicator, 3/21/18) There is an investigation underway into the abortive search for a new superintendent by the Board of Education of Columbus City Schools. That investigation may have been made just the tiniest bit easier by a resolution considered by board members at last night’s meeting. While the resolution was voted down, its detailed anti-Sunshine specificity seems like it should be a useful guide for investigators. (Columbus Dispatch, 3/20/18)
  4. We end today with some much-needed real-world awesomeness. Chris Sumlin, a graduate of The Charles School here in central Ohio (and whose education journey we profiled here), has written a book to help first-generation college goers like himself. The title of the book, like Chris himself, is one part pragmatic and one part showy. I, for one, am a big fan. (Education Post, 3/20/18)

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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