Gadfly Bites 3/15/17 - Praise Be to St. Plimpton!

  1. In case you missed it, those previously-mentioned supplications to St. Plimpton – Patron Saint of Ink-Stained Wretches and Soother of Caffeine-Induced Ulcers – appear to have worked. It was announced this week that the Ohio Department of Education would delay submitting the state’s proposed ESSA accountability plan from April to September. This is in order to get yet more feedback on it, even though it appears that tons of feedback was gotten during its original development timeline. Perhaps there is a disconnect between the terms “being heard” and “getting our way”. I had toddlers like that once. Anywho, here is coverage of said delay announcement, with our own Chad Aldis quoted in both pieces. Apparently he’s the only person the followers of St. Plimpton could find who thought the delay a bad idea and was willing to go the record. Weird about that.  First out of the gate was Gongwer (Gongwer Ohio, 3/13/17), followed closely by the Dispatch. (Columbus Dispatch, 3/14/17)
  2. If like many in the Ohio education arena you prefer your news without the addition of Chad “wet blanket” Aldis, you can read about the delay of Ohio’s ESSA plan submission from the Blade (Toledo Blade, 3/14/17) or from the PD. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/13/17) It goes without saying that your humble clips compiler is not one of those people.
  3. In the only non-ESSA news that’s fit to print, various cost points of the state’s College Credit Plus program were up for debate this week in the state legislature, with K-12 and higher ed both having complaints to raise. (Gongwer Ohio, 3/13/17) And proposed changes to Ohio’s teacher evaluation framework were debated at the State Board of Education meeting in Columbus earlier this week. Nicely detailed versions of gripes and proposed fixes can be found in the PD coverage. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/14/17)
Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,