Ohio Gadfly Daily

Senate MBR changes to value-add leave the Ohio Gadfly confused and fuming.

Lorain County is our focus today.

Gubernatorial candidates, open enrollment scrooges, and Common Core haters all feature in today's clips.

Legislation and op-eds dominate our education news clips today.

  • School Choice Ohio has initiated legal action against Springfield and Cincinnati schools for denying them student directory information requested under Ohio public records law, while they were regularly providing that same information to other nonprofits. Fascinating to see where this will go. (Springfield News Sun)
  • I’m not going to tell you what the topic of this story from Cincinnati actually is. I’m just going to give you the opening paragraph and see if you can guess before looking. Good luck. “The Common Core education standards may suck the oxygen out of the room when it comes to education conversations, but the factor that makes the most difference for a kid is and always has been his teacher.” (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • Kinda fascinating look at a small, well-off Cleveland suburb tussling over what they want in a new district superintendent. Well, I say “they” when I really mean the 12 people who showed up to air their opinions. (West Life)
  • Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald hates high-stakes tests, a fact articulated by Mr. FitzGerald this week along with some of his other education policy positions. Wonder how he feels about high-stakes elections at the moment? (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • Know what editors at the Dispatch hate? FitzGerald’s opposition to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. (Columbus Dispatch)
  • I have heard it said that one aspect of school choice-related “cherry picking” is that only parents who understand and can “work the system” end up in schools of choice, giving those schools of choice an advantage over the public common school that accepts all comers. But after reading this story about
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We talk about TGRG fatigue and Lima beans, among other topics in the news.

Lots to cover today: opinions, revelations, history lessons, and accounting included.

We think outside the box on a thorny education issue often at the heart of the school choice debate.