Gadfly Bites 10/13/17 - The CEO packs his bags

  1. Big changes in the district became breaking news in Youngstown this morning. To wit: the district’s administration building is being emptied – with a number of departments already having relocated to vacant space within district school buildings without notice or fanfare – in order for that building to become the new home of Youngstown Early College High School. The stated reason for this change is that the popular (and successful methinks) YEC has no room to grow in its rented digs at Youngstown State. But unstated is that whatever cost the district has been incurring to rent space at YSU will go away or be greatly reduced by a move into a district-owned building AND administrators will be closer to the daily lives of their staff and students. Wow! Sounds like a great idea to me. Wonder what the objection(s) will be? In 3… 2... 1… (Youngstown Vindicator, 10/13/17)
  2. Oops. A “systemic data compilation error” is to blame for errors in several portions of the report cards issued last month for career tech providers statewide. The changes are supposed to be minimal, but I’m sure the CTE folks are eagerly awaiting the revised data. (Columbus Dispatch, 10/13/17)
  3. What’s the biggest concern among Cincinnati-area parents regarding their children, according to a recent survey? No, not that. No. Not that either. No. Oh, just read the piece! (Cincinnati Enquirer, 10/11/17)
  4. Some folks in Akron now have a ready – if extreme-sounding – answer should anyone come asking about their biggest concern regarding their children: a talking drone trying to lure their children off a school playground. Yes, you read that right. I am speechless. (Akron Beacon Journal, 10/11/17) 
Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,