Gadfly Bites 3/19/18 - What's that in the wood chipper?

  1. It was learned late last week that Youngstown CEO Krish Mohip is not only looking to Colorado for a new gig but also to North Dakota. He is one of four finalists for superintendent of Fargo Public Schools. Weren’t there any good gigs up for grabs in Alaska, dude? (Youngstown Vindicator, 3/17/18) Local curmudgeon Bertram de Souza opined yesterday on this state of affairs. Specifically, he wrote in support of Mohip’s fairly brutal comments about the governance landscape in Youngstown City Schools, made during his interview with Boulder Valley school officials. (Youngstown Vindicator, 3/18/18) Mohip is interviewing in Fargo this week – maybe we’ll get some good dope from that one too.
     
  2. Back in the real world, Lorain Schools CEO David Hardy is rolling up his sleeves and finally outlining some hard deliverables for his turnaround plan. To wit: Only 1.1 percent of Lorain students achieve remediation-free scores on the ACT. To address this deficit, Hardy says he is implementing more rigorous coursework across the board starting next school year. (Elyria Chronicle, 3/16/18)
     
  3. Speaking of school leaders, it looks like Dayton’s acting superintendent will become the permanent superintendent. Perhaps as early as tomorrow, when the board is supposed to vote on same. (Dayton Daily News, 3/16/18) No such luck in Columbus, as it seems their supe search—which ended with the acting supe as the only candidate not to drop out—is “in limbo” pending review by the state auditor. (Columbus Dispatch, 3/16/18) Columbus does have a new teacher’s union president, though, after the incumbent was ousted in a vote last week. (Columbus Dispatch, 3/15/18)
     
  4. This story is a little hard to follow and is lacking in details, but it seems important. It is mostly a jumble of public reactions to a possible change—not yet confirmed—to the Elyria school building master plan which was the basis of a successful bond issue campaign in 2016. The change, as confusingly portrayed here, seems to be due to the fact that costs have escalated beyond what was budgeted in 2016 and cuts need to be made which may result in at least one promised elementary school building not being built at all. More to come on this, I’m sure. (Elyria Chronicle, 3/18/18)
     
  5. It seems that Cincinnati’s putative professional soccer franchise has decided to take its black-and-white-spotted ball and give up on a West Side stadium after the school district rebuffed its financial entreaties. (Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/16/18)
     
  6. Finally today, the PD is reporting that more tentative-but-not-final-really steps are underway to launch the Say Yes to Education program in Cleveland. When the key player—the local teacher’s union in this case—is first to sign on the dotted line, then the sky’s the limit. Am I right? (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/19/18)
 
 
Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,