Sorry to be out on Monday. Unavoidable again.
- So what was I doing while not providing you all with snarky clips earlier this week? Trying to suss out the truth about these “teacher shortages” we’ve all been hearing of. And guess what? I think I may have found it: Here’s . That’s gotta put a dent in those numbers. (CNN, 8/24/22)
- In other news, . Chad suggested schools avoid spending on ongoing items—like increases in staffing—which will need new money to be continued after the federal funds are gone and also suggested focusing mostly on expenditures aimed at boosting student achievement. (Dayton Daily News, 8/21/22) Seems like the good folks at Huber Heights City Schools were sorta listening to Chad. In this series entry, we learn that —“exemplary schools within the deeper learning model or project-based learning model”. Models which they might someday implement. That seems at least tangentially related to improving student achievement, I figure. And the pricey lobster feast they enjoyed on one of those trips falls firmly into the category of non-ongoing expenses. Hopefully. (Dayton Daily News, 8/22/22)
- Here’s a story from the first week of school in Cincinnati: . As I got to the twist, I was curious whether the reporter might have gained a new insight into the school choice/busing issue about which comes up often on her beat. I’ll let you read the whole thing and see if you think anything new was taken onboard. (Cincinnati Enquirer, 8/21/22) . Once again impacting charter and private school students. (Dayton Daily News, 8/24/22) Meanwhile, there are . Mediation is underway. (Toledo Blade, 8/22/22)
- A . As soon as kids are settled in for this school year, they will be surveyed on their thoughts about a change. While we have noted in previous coverage that block scheduling has been tried and terminated in the district before, commentators on this piece note that “good schools” in the area have been using it successfully for years. Exemplars noted are private school St. Ursula Academy and charter school Toledo School for the Arts. Just sayin’. (Toledo Blade, 8/22/22) Speaking of district/charter synergy (were we?), here’s a piece noting that . Nice! Perennial powerhouse St. Ursula (so I gather, I don’t really speak “sports”) will apparently just have to destroy everyone else with its own students. (Toledo Blade, 8/23/22)
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