Gadfly Bites 10/20/17 - "It would break my heart to see students work so hard for their diploma only to...get the same job a dropout could get"

  1. Ugh. Some days the clips write themselves, and some days are like today. Our own Chad Aldis is quoted in this brief piece from public radio on the possibility that Ohio’s various diplomas may fall afoul of ESSA graduation calculation requirements. I think. (WKSU-FM, Kent, 10/19/17)
  2. Speaking of graduation, Elyria City Schools seems poised to drop the laudatory valedictorian and salutatorian labels for its top grads starting with the Class of 2019. The main argument seems to be that uneven access to credit bearing college classes and AP/IB options advantages some students over others. Although there is also some discussion of fierce and “distracting” competition among students (starting as early as eighth grade) for the limited number of honors available. Instead, under a new proposal, grads will be able to earn summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude honors with a wide swath of students likely earning each. (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, 10/19/17)
  3. Meanwhile, here’s a look at a day in the life and work of Elyria’s Life Skills dropout recovery charter school. Really interesting piece. More, please. (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, 10/20/17)
  4. THE Bill Gates was in Cleveland yesterday, addressing attendees of the Council of the Great City Schools national conference. What did he have to talk about? Mostly how his foundation will spend $1.7 billion on education over the next five years. Yep. That’s it. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/19/17)
Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,