We’re back after a week’s vacation. Let’s get caught up!
- Folks up in Sandusky seem to be going through
it would be. To wit: The headline of this piece reads “School funding is improved, experts say”. In truth, there is only one actual “expert” quoted, and “improved” seems solely to mean “more”. As one district treasurer puts it with perfect economy: “Always thrilled when it goes that way.” (Sandusky Register, 7/27/21) The editorial board’s . And it’s only 325 words long. (Sandusky Register, 7/26/21) In this piece on the topic from central Ohio, . Although the district reps quoted do seem a little more chirpy when they are talking about suing the state over those vouchers. Sounds like the Fair(ly agitating) School Funding Plan to me. (ThisWeek News, 7/22/21)
- Apologies for clipping what is basically a press release here, but there are two reasons I am doing so. First up is because I thought I knew all of the online charter schools in Ohio. Apparently that’s not the case. The second is that
- Long-time Gadfly Bites subscribers (love to all 10 of you!) will recall that your humble clips compiler dislikes sports stuff (ew) and yet still persevered through endless discussion around and eventual implementation of something called “competitive balance” a few years ago. The goal of the effort was to take into account the ways in which school choice changed the landscape for athletic competition and to level the playing field (hah! See what I did there?) among various types of schools. Especially the ever-tendentious district/private divide. In what is the first of a five-part (?!) series, Massillon Independent reporter Chris Easterling seems determined to show folks like me that we didn’t suffer enough during the previous tedious and protracted discussions of (and reporting on) the topic and also that whatever fairness outcomes were intended,
destroysinterferes with both the “competitive” and the “balance” portions of the plan? (Massillon Independent, via Cincinnati Enquirer, 7/28/21)
. (Massillon Independent, via Cincinnati Enquirer, 7/26/21) Think I’m exaggerating? How else do we explain that , as part of its 1,320 word treatise on how open enrollment
- Looks like “summer school” or whatever we’re allowed to call it (and you’ll see several options in the following pieces) is pretty much over already and July still has a few days left in it per my calendar. August is probably just a figment of my imagination. You can check out
- Meanwhile, a group of community leaders in northeast Ohio agitating for more accountability for students’ academic results among the adults who run Youngstown City Schools. Some very dispiriting GPA data is provided by the group (to say nothing of test scores) along with their ultimate goal: “It is time that we have an outcome-based system that is transparent, and those in that system, everybody, is held accountable for the outcomes.” Phew. Glad I’m not the only one! (Vindy.com, 7/27/21)
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