- The Dispatch editorial board giveth… (Columbus Dispatch, 9/10/20) …and also taketh a swipe. (Columbus Dispatch, 9/10/10) The Alliance Review combines things and just giveth an editorial swipe…against state testing. (Alliance Review, 9/11/20)
- We learned earlier this week that state report cards will be released next Tuesday…minus some data they have traditionally included. But there’s a pandemic on, don’t you know. (Gongwer Ohio, 9/9/20)
- Day One of the all-remote 2020–2021 school year at Toledo City Schools was shut down around noon by an “unavoidable cyberattack”. (Toledo Blade, 9/8/20) Day Two did not appear to happen at all for the same reason. Anyone seen Elliot? (Toledo Blade, 9/9/20)
- A raft of suburban districts in Summit County reported internet troubles during the start of remote learning this week. The tech provider serving those districts blames a “spike in use” for the outage. If only they could have somehow predicted what day school was going to start. (Akron Beacon Journal, 9/9/20) Not much in the way of connectivity problems reported in Akron City Schools on Wednesday, the first day of the new school year. Here’s a detailed look at the ins-and-outs of several fully-remote class periods of the day at Innes Middle School. Not bad. (Akron Beacon Journal, 9/10/20)
- The picture painted by Patrick O’Donnell of Day One at Cleveland Metropolitan School District isn’t very pretty. Particular emphasis is placed on the fact that CMSD had already delayed the start of the school year by three weeks, and that at least another week will likely be lost in completing device distribution, working out kinks, and fixing bugs. Forget Elliot. Where’s Mr. Robot? (The 74, 9/9/20)
- Quite a bit more positive feedback coming from schools and families regarding the online portion of remote learning in Medina County districts. At least for the first couple of days. (The Gazette, 9/10/20)
- In a surprise to no one, we also heard details this week from Ohio Connections Academy (you know, a real OG online school) regarding the boom in enrollment (and hiring) they have experienced this fall. They have added 1,200 additional students—unfortunately their state-mandated “maximum capacity”—and 25 additional teachers. Shame about that virtual waiting list, eh? (Spectrum News 1, 9/10/20)
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