Gadfly Bites is back back back! Sorry about that, y’all.
- So what do we need to catch up on?
and the possibility of a borderless, statewide version of same. (Columbus Dispatch, 8/26/21) And an associate professor of public administration at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, posting on several media outlets . Prof disagrees, but only because he seems to think there’s some political positions among candidates out there that don’t fit neatly into a two-party framework and because he seems of the opinion that school boards can show the rest of representative government how to actually function regardless of party affiliation. (Governing, 9/2/21)
- I trust that neither of my loyal, long
sufferingtime Gadfly Bites subscribers wasted more than a minute on this while I was gone, even though it made national headlines. Why? A) Because we all followed this exact same story the last time it happened a couple of years ago and the 508 school was called Christians of Faith. Same ending and everything. And B) Because you guys are savvy enough to know that it doesn’t matter if the Holy Spirit is on side or not, no one mucks with the high school football famiglia in Ohio without kissing all the right rings first. (Columbus Dispatch, 9/1/21)
- Lakewood City Schools in suburban Cleveland seems to have declared
. Lots of kids, lots of learning, lots of fun. Ask anyone…who is on the payroll. (Cleveland.com, 8/25/21)
- When Romules Durant became superintendent of Toledo City Schools some years ago, he was apparently told that that the charitable support foundation meant to aid the district was busted and that he should just put it out of its misery. As you might imagine, the good doctor had a few hundred other things on his plate at the time and so the foundation just ticked over in the background. Fast forward to last week when we found out that the foundation was not only still alive but was replenishing its coffers with help from the philanthropic arm of the Owens Corning corporation. There’s probably a lot to be discussed about the arrangement—as Dr. Durant says,
- In other Dayton City Schools news that definitely falls under the header of “amazing”:
. It was explained in a now-deleted Facebook post that providing masks on the district’s dime “uses money that should be used for student materials and resources.” Say what now? I mean, didn’t these guys get hundreds of millions of federal Covid-mitigation dollars for just this sort of thing? And weren’t they also sitting on tens of millions in surplus state dollars before the pandemic? I, at least, am amazed at the temerity. The state stepped in shortly after this proposal was made public; as a result, the district will not be doing that thing. (Dayton Daily News, 8/7/21)
- Since we’re talking about the ‘rona now:
- Finally in our post-vacation catch up: . The university’s ACE academies program will work to “increase academic achievement, boost enrollment and strengthen the…Catholic identity” of St. Anthony of Padua School in Akron and St. Augustine Catholic School in Barberton by “enhancing school leadership, curriculum, instruction, professional development, financial management and marketing.” Kudos and best wishes to all! (Catholic News Agency, 8/27/21)
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