1. The benevolent, student-centric process of “school absorption” described in this piece is not possible given the way charter and district schools are run in Ohio. But so many questions are unanswered or elided that it’s not possible to really figure out what’s going on from here. Either Toledo City Schools is somehow forcing a successful Spanish-language charter school to close or else the school is closing on its own instead of expanding as it apparently wished to do. Whether it’s one of those things or perhaps something else entirely, the charter school will go away, and the district will launch its first ever Spanish-language program. Either way, it seems to me that Spanish-speaking families in Toledo will have one less educational option next school year. (Toledo Blade, 4/24/19)
  2. As promised, the Youngstown Academic Distress Commission announced its pick for the next district CEO. Justin Jennings, currently the superintendent of Muskegon Public Schools in Michigan, is supposed to start August 1…pending the outcome of a couple of unrelated issues. You know what I’m talking about. (Youngstown Vindicator, 4/25/19)

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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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