Ohio Gadfly Daily

Two takes on charter law reform, Monday's Research bites, and more

Yet more on charter school reform, dual enrollment increases, and another Research Bite.

  1. Editors in Cleveland opine strongly against retire-rehire/double-dipping among the ranks of superintendents in Ohio. Choice words they used: “shameless”, “ridiculous charade”, “pension jackpot”. Ouch.  (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  2. Fourteen people have applied to fill a recently-vacated seat on Reynoldsburg City Schools’ board, including the guy who sued the district last year to force the schools to close until the teacher strike concluded. Nuts and bolts version here from ThisWeek News/Reynoldsburg News. (Of note, this is the same publication that famously used the phrase “scab firm” in a headline about district strike prep.) A more discerning version of the story was in the Dispatch yesterday, where the guy was actually asked about it and wrote, for the record, “While often times my disagreements with board policies are what get noticed in the community, it is unfortunate that my much more frequent agreements and positive support for our schools goes unnoticed.” Would be a fun job interview to sit in on…if there is one.
  3. This story on Middletown schools’ ongoing funding woes – property tax revenues are projected to be down $1.3 million over the next two years – seems innocuous enough. Property taxes are an issue in many smaller districts around the state. However, let’s keep in mind yesterday’s story about Middletown’s mooted sale of a closed school building to a local church. I wondered while reading this whether the projected funding issues will make it less likely or more likely that outside agitators will intervene to oppose the sale. (Middletown Journal News)

Charter school reform, limits of communication, Research Bites, and more.

Reaction to two recent Fordham-sponsored reports on charter schools continues.

How to recruit a diverse teaching staff, and possible education deregulation in Ohio.

Online charter schools, racial "lopsidedness", and introducing Ohio Research Bites.

Charter law reform (editorializing and prognosticating), ESC shopping, and more.

Successful supports for at-risk students, when audit reports turn smarmy, and more.