Gadfly Bites 3/14/18 - Curious choices

COMPILER'S NOTE: Gadfly Bites is taking a break until Monday. See you next week.

  1. By a vote of 11-4, the State Board of Education yesterday voted against supporting HB 512, the bill which would—among other things—consolidate the state’s K-12, higher ed, and workforce development apparatuses into one agency. (Gongwer Ohio, 3/13/18) Meanwhile, the Dispatch is time traveling back to look at who HAS supported HB 512, focusing on Fordham (complete with new PCA photo from last week!) and the leaders of several career tech education centers across the state. (Columbus Dispatch, 3/13/18)
  2. CEO Krish Mohip tells Youngstown: I can’t quit you. (Youngstown Vindicator, 3/13/18) Supe candidate Krish Mohip says to Boulder Valley: Well…. (Youngstown Vindicator, 3/13/18) Meanwhile, editors in Boulder say: Hold up a sec. (Boulder Daily Camera, 3/10/18)
  3. Back in the sports page: Cincinnati City Schools’ Board of Education is one of several entities who must sign off on any final deal to bring a professional soccer stadium to the city’s West End. This week, board members and other stakeholders discussed an offer or two on the table, but nothing was decided. The two sides remained some distance apart. Talks are ongoing, it seems. (Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/12/18)
  4. Speaking of school boards, Dayton’s board this week heard the acting superintendent’s school closure/consolidation/rightsizing proposal. Several interesting things in there, as you might imagine. I was intrigued by the idea that some of the district’s “alternative education and in-lieu-of-suspension programs” would move into the same building in which the district administration and board are housed. Kind of like having to scoot your chair next to the teacher’s desk, I guess. (Dayton Daily News, 3/13/18)
  5. Finally today, here’s a look at the Urban Leadership Development Program, designed to help the best and brightest teachers in Toledo City Schools move up the ladder into district administration. Props, I figure, must be given to the district for the effort to bolster the administration side, but what of the teaching corps? As a wise person once told me: For every awesome, experienced teacher you take out of a classroom in this way, you need to find another teacher to replace her. No word here on how new teacher recruitment is going in Toledo these days, but I have my suspicions. Hybrid teacher-leaders, anyone? (Toledo Blade, 3/12/18)
Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,