1. The thrust of this article is that the three finalists for CEO of Youngstown City Schools all have something negative/questionable/potentially concerning in their personal or professional backgrounds, to go along with the various education-related skills and successes they bring. That’s right: all three of these people—who are longtime employees of traditional education bureaucracies (either state or district) and who currently make between $80,000 to $175,000 per year in those taxpayer-funded jobs—have “issues” in their backgrounds. (Youngstown Vindicator, 4/20/19)
  2. Is there misfeasance at play in this tale of Columbus City Schools spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy supplies provided by a local, minority-run business that was actually neither of those things? Maybe. It’s probably not for me to say. Is the scheme creative? Definitely. Is it innovative? Well, my guess is that is not unique. Someone should probably look into that. (Columbus Dispatch, 4/21/19)
  3. As the father of two very different twins, I can’t really relate to this story of twin brothers poised to graduate from Toledo’s Scott High School. As a person who loves to see unrestrained educational excellence, I can totally relate…and celebrate. After excelling in their advanced manufacturing classes, Deontae and Deontre Wright are ending their K-12 careers as valedictorian and salutatorian, GPAs separated by a tenth of a point. (I can imagine that caused some spirited conversation back home!) Their teachers have nothing but fantastic things to say about them and their futures seem very bright. Both are ready to jump into the creative and innovative world of electrical engineering at Ohio State University in the fall, with full scholarships for both! (Toledo Blade, 4/20/19)

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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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