Ohio Gadfly Daily News 5-1-14

  1. In case you missed it yesteday, Fordham's Aaron Churchill appeared on All Sides with Ann Fisher to debate the merits of standardized testing in Ohio. Seriously, it's more entertaining than that write-up makes it sound. And there's video! (WOSU-FM, Columbus)
  2. The editors in Wheeling, WV, opined recently on ODE’s moves to strengthen charter school oversight in Ohio. (Wheeling Intelligencer)
  3. CMSD has approved an August 13 start date for the 14-15 school year…with a few exceptions. Some of these appear based on previously-noted parental concerns over weather. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  4. Speaking of weather-sensitive issues: a columnist in Portsmouth has a lot to say about rained-out HS baseball and softball games and the plan in place to make them up. I kind of lost interest after the first paragraph, but I scanned the rest and the bottom line seems to be something about “a few more hot dogs sold”. Yeah, education! (Portsmouth Daily Times)
  5. Back in the real world, teacher candidates in the Youngstown area are getting the chance to test their chops – and their Common Core cred – in front of kids as the school year winds down for them both.(Youngstown Vindicator)
  6. The League of Women Voters in Bowling Green had a forum on the Common Core on Monday. One guy actually said nice things about the standards…and lived. (Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune)
  7. That Bowling Green dude also said nice things about the PARCC tests as well. Schools in Warren County appear glad to be able to pilot the new exams this year before they start counting next year. (Dayton Daily News)
  8. Canfield Schools are beefing up their transportation services pretty seriously next year, including door-to-door busing for K – 4 students. “We are now increasing safety and taking the burden off parents,” said the school board president. I am speechless with joy at this statement. (Youngstown Vindicator)
  9. This is a fairly-typical feel-good story about folks getting their GEDs after much hardship and work. While I usually like this type of story, I am reminded here that changes to the GED in OHio (reported on extensively at the end of 2013) could make it harder for folks to access. We shall see. (Lima News)

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