Gadfly Bites 11/19/18 – A better understanding

  1. As noted in the Bites on Friday, the most recent charter sponsor ratings were released last week. Coverage has been uncharacteristically sparse. (Seriously, Ohio news outlets are usually all over charter news.) Thanks to Gongwer, we find that things are pretty rosy this time around and Chad is on hand to put the results in context. “Sponsors have a better understanding of the expectations,” he suggests. Quite. (Gongwer Ohio, 11/16/18)
     
  2. The more typical media attitude toward charter schools can be found in this Blade editorial regarding proposed funding changes for online schools. (Toledo Blade, 11/19/18)
     
  3. Ohio’s War on Knowing Stuff seems to have gained a new general and two new field lieutenants. General Doug Livingston, with the help of two fellow joustin’ journalists, gives us his first foray into battle with this wide-ranging yet curiously selective slant on the story. It goes into detail on unimportant issues (why is anyone pinning hopes for victory on a bill sponsored by a member of the superminority party in the General Assembly, no matter how much they like it?), and leaves out vitally important points regarding how long schools have already had to adjust to the new graduation requirements, the super low bar for passing those end-of-course exams, and the alternatives truly available to the students featured. There’s a lot of “some say” and “students were told” in there as well. There’s even a swipe against charter schools for good measure. Glad to have you back in the education theater, general. It’s just like old times. (Akron Beacon Journal, 11/17/18)

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