Gadfly Bites 10/22/18 – The nexus

  1. Dayton Daily News’ Jeremy Kelley is still interested in Ohio students’ showing on the ACT last year, as first reported last week. Our own Aaron Churchill is on hand to point out that test scores matter, no matter how you contextualize them. (Dayton Daily News, 10/18/18)
     
  2. Aaron is also quoted on this piece looking at the topic of school funding and how it relates to state report cards. He’s kind of far down in the mix, though, because a) he is not a politician or state policymaker, and b) his message of “It’s not just about plowing more money into the system” failed to resonate with the story being told. Wonder why? (Columbus Dispatch, 10/22/18)
     
  3. Y’all know how much I love me some Aaron Churchill. But when it comes to the nexus of education and Big Politics in Ohio, Chad Aldis is your go-to Fordhamite. On that point, Chad is among those interviewed in this piece discussing where Ohio’s gubernatorial candidates stand on the $10 Billion Question of education in the Buckeye State. (Dayton Daily News, 10/21/18) He is also quoted in this lengthy piece, speaking specifically about the charter school portion of that gubernatorial equation. (Dayton Daily News, 10/22/18)
     
  4. Somehow, the gubernatorial election – especially the candidates’ education plans – has been subsumed into the PD’s Pathways to Prosperity series. As if education is not quite as local as some folks like to make it out to be. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/21/18)
     
  5. Speaking of which, the good folks from the Ohio 8 Coalition of urban school districts last week weighed in on the topic of graduation requirements—through their proxy, of course. The gang is somewhat behind the discussion, I think, focusing on extending the temporary graduation requirements put in place for the Class of 2018 to apply to future graduating classes. I kind of thought this notion had already been left behind by most stakeholders, so it’s kind of like this particular gang is late to the party. And wearing the wrong hats. (Gongwer Ohio, 10/17/18)
     
  6. We end today with some wise words germane to most of the foregoing discussion: “In the state of Ohio, this is one of the most rigorous report cards that I’ve seen.” Who said that? Lorain City Schools CEO David Hardy did, while accentuating the positive data from his district’s recent not-so-hot report card. Why is he the only one to have figured it out? Your guess is as good as mine. (Elyria Chronicle, 10/19/18)

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Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,