Over, we at the Gadfly have gazed into our crystal balls to predict the biggest, or at least most intriguing, stories of the upcoming year. (Click on the links above to see how we did.) With 2019 now behind us, what should Ohioans expect in the world of education for the coming year? Let the predictions begin!
1. Policymakers will continue to debate school funding, but no consensus will emerge. One of the most-talked-about topics in the past year was school funding, with discussion centered on the
2. School districts will complain about private-school scholarship programs, but a steadily increasing number of families will avail themselves of these opportunities. The shouting you heard at the end of 2019 wasn’t the Times Square countdown, but a
3. Legislators will dump transparent school ratings, but this won’t stop parents from seeking clear, objective information about quality. As someone who has written strongly in favor of
4. Policymakers will champion career and technical education, but data on student participation and outcomes will be lacking. Heeding calls from the business community for skilled workers, Ohio
5. Exciting new schools will continue to grow. In the realm of new school formation, the much-heralded, supported by LeBron James and launched in 2018, generated lots of great media attention for the Buckeye State. The early from this Akron-based school are impressive. Happily, it’s not just superstar-backed schools that are opening in Ohio. More under the radar, Ohio’s “classical” charter public school opened earlier this fall. Located near Toledo, advertises a stimulating curriculum (OK, I’m biased having taken Latin and Greek), and it’ll be interesting to track parent demand for this approach to education—not to mention its results. Meanwhile, in the private-school realm, a brand-new startup in Cleveland could offer some lessons for developers looking to go the non-public route. Opening in fall 2019, was featured on Mike McShane’s “ ” and, why yes, they will soon accept vouchers. Kudos to all who are working to tirelessly to provide Ohio families with an array of quality, distinctive educational options.
We’re sure to see other topics garner headlines, including academic distress commissions, educator certification and training, teacher pensions, online learning, and much more. Subscribe to ourto keep up with all the latest developments in Ohio. In the meantime, happy New Year!