Ohio Gadfly Daily

A fully rounded round-up of news today - city, suburb, rural; budgets, teacher contracts, assessments; district, private, charter. Enjoy!

Lots to cover - third grade reading tests, Straight-A Fund grants, alleged malfeasance, and levy talk among the many news items today.

  1. So, yesterday we took a look at open enrollment in one part of Ohio from the perspective of the districts and seemed to conclude that it was “just business” – net “winner” districts are happy, net “losers” are not and it’s all about dollars. Well, today we catch up with another open enrollment story – one that focuses squarely on why students and parents participate in open enrollment and where the call of “it’s just business” did not fly. To refresh your memory: a “net winner” district in Northeast Ohio started feeling guilty about taking so much money from its neighbors and decided to trim the number of open enrollment seats it would fill in 2014-15 (I’m sure the green eye shades were out to work over those numbers), but as that number was well below the number of kids currently in the district from elsewhere, it seemed inevitable that they would have to kick some kids out. Despite assurances to the contrary, the district did just that, non-renewing nearly three dozen students who had been open enrolled and attending in the district for years. An extremely predictable stink arose and last week the school board was forced to retreat, reinstating all the kicked-out students who wanted to return, although honestly those parents and kids have got to wonder if they are really welcome there or if they are “just business”. (Willoughby News Herald)
  2. There’s not much play on this story outside of Columbus yet, but editors at the Big D are waxing enthusiastic over Franklin County’s latest Straight A innovation fund grant winners. (Columbus Dispatch)
  3. The Education Tax Policy Institute in Columbus has released a new report that says the tax burden in Ohio has shifted significantly since the
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Results on the spring test of third graders' reading proficiency are in; we take a look at the data and what it means for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee as a policy and for the students and schools working within its confines.

Greg Harris

We welcome a guest contributor to take another look at recent legislative changes to Ohio's teacher evaluation protocols.

A brash plan by Common Core detractors ignores a number of likely consequences should the standards be repealed in Ohio.

Just a handful of teacher prep programs across Ohio are held up as providing high-quality training for future teachers.

A quick look at recent newspaper stories from around Ohio regarding third grade reading scores.

From tiny Bettsville Ohio to mighty Cleveland and statewide looks at innovation, we're all over the map with today's news.

Education news is thin on the ground in Ohio today; enjoy what we have.