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. This seems like a pretty good model to me—very forward-thinking and holistic, with academics kept front of mind—and very adaptable to, say, a pandemic-type situation. In fact, we have noted in these Bites a number of such models which flourished across the state when most schools were in remote-only learning mode. Shame, then, that Columbus City Schools opted out of the program last year when the pandemic was still in full effect and has not rejoined. (Columbus Dispatch, 9/8/21) Here’s a brand-new bit of all right: before they graduate. A smart innovation, and a rather overdue one if I do say so myself. (WTOL-TV, Toledo, 9/8/21) Speaking of innovation, . It is part of an effort to “increase scholarships…to attract and support outstanding students from throughout the region.” (Hmmm… Wonder why they’ve never thought of the “innovation” of accepting EdChoice these last many years.) The process for winning the new scholarship, open to any “ambitious” rising ninth grade boy in the region—including “scholars, artists, musicians, athletes and entrepreneurs”—unfortunately sounds like something from Tom Brown’s School Days. (Cleveland.com, 9/9/21)
- Why all this talk of innovation…such as it is? Because
- For most of last year, we were following the sad saga of three families in northeast Ohio who discovered that their homes—the ones they invested in for the sake of their children’s education—were not actually located in the school district they had been told they were before building on that street. All were told they had to move their children out of their established district and go to another due to someone else’s error or move. It appears that one student, a senior this year, was given a dispensation and allowed to stay.
. Shameful. Perhaps some actual innovation—such as statewide interdistrict open enrollment—could have helped out here. (Cleveland Jewish News, 9/9/21)
- On the upside, with plenty of time to spare. On the downside, the plan sounds almost entirely based on pointless inputs and adult-centric outcomes. On the upside, it should be easy for the district to meet the benchmarks of teacher training and signing up community partners for stuff and, thus, to be removed from the oversight of an Academic Distress Commission. On the downside, Youngstown students will still be attending a low-performing school district when all is said and done. (Vindy.com, 9/9/21)
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