1. The bill which proposes to, among other things, consolidate the state’s K-12, higher ed, and workforce development governance apparatus is still the talk of the state for some reason. Lots of folks in Northeast Ohio are opposed for some reason. Fordham’s Chad Aldis is quoted herein in support of the bill. Thank goodness. (MyTownNEO, 3/21/18) The reason I say thank goodness for Chad is not only because he’s my boss and he expects such statements, but also because he may soon be the only person making any sense at all in discussion of this bill. Case in point is this piece where a group representing Ohio restaurateurs took the podium this week to complain about some testing and credentialing change that happened a while back and with which they don’t agree. For some reason. (Columbus Dispatch, 3/21/18)
  2. There will be no “balanced calendar” in Youngstown City Schools next year. CEO Krish Mohip deemed the year-round schedule to be too much change too quickly for parents, students, and staff. (Youngstown Vindicator, 3/22/18) Of course, there may be no CEO Krish Mohip in Youngstown next year either, which could lead to some change. Mohip is a finalist in yet a third district’s superintendent search. This time, it’s Osseo Schools in snowy Minnesota. (WKBN-TV, Youngstown, 3/21/18)
  3. In this story from the Morning Journal, a member of the Lorain City Schools Board of Education appears to lay out the case against district CEO David Hardy. That includes her thoughts on the vote of no confidence in CEO Hardy the board took earlier this week. (Northern Ohio Morning Journal, 3/21/18) In this story from the Chronicle, a member of the Lorain City Schools Board of Education appears to lay out the case for district CEO David Hardy. That includes her assertion that fellow board members are “keeping up the turmoil” for personal reasons. Oddly enough, these two stories are about comments made by the SAME BOARD MEMBER. (Elyria Chronicle, 3/22/18) The additional reportage from the Chronicle, talking to Hardy and ADC members, is worth a read too.
  4. A bill under consideration in the General Assembly would “standardize” reporting of student vaccination records for schools across the state. Why? A) Because the state cannot seem to get proper records together (despite the fact that the DDN touts their own ability to get them every year). B) Because the data being reported is far too often incomplete. And C) Because the limited evidence suggests is that student vaccination rates are super low and threaten herd immunity. Yikes. And since this legislation also addresses the issue of parental opt outs for vaccinating their children, expect it to fly above the radar shortly. (Dayton Daily News, 3/22/18)
  5. Beavercreek Schools are so short of bus drivers that they are holding a job fair soon and they are training several district leaders—including the superintendent and his assistants—to become substitute bus drivers. Talk about all hands on deck! (Dayton Daily News, 3/23/18)
  6. As noted earlier in the week, the General Assembly’s Joint Education Oversight Committee (JEOC) got back in action this week after several months’ hiatus. How’d that first meeting go? Gongwer has the blow-by-blow. Try not to get too excited while reading this. (Gongwer Ohio, 3/22/18)

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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