Gadfly Bites 3/2/18 - Repent!

  1. And then there was one. The current superintendent of Akron City Schools let it be known earlier this week that he was removing himself from consideration to become the next superintendent of Columbus City Schools. But thanks for the consideration. (Columbus Dispatch, 2/28/18) No idea what made him change his mind, but if anyone could have, LeBron (and the newly-announced principal of his incipient I Promise school, who is a 20 year veteran of Akron City Schools and most recently was principal of lowly – oops – Schumacher CLC) could. And maybe a documentary camera crew to sweeten the deal. (Akron City Schools press release, 2/27/18)
  2. Everyone seems to agree that districts operating under the aegis of an Academic Distress Commission must still have a superintendent in place. But just because they agree doesn’t mean they have to like it. With their former superintendent (finally) leaving for pastures of whatever color they may be, Lorain has decided to go to a “sorta supe” model, with one of the district’s newly-hired chiefs serving in the coveted role of liaison between the CEO and the elected school board. (Elyria Chronicle, 3/2/18) With that settled, CEO David Hardy reiterated that he has never attended a board meeting and intends to keep that streak alive. (Elyria Chronicle, 3/2/18)
  3. As all my dedicated Gadfly Bites subscribers will be aware, your humble clips compiler loathes politics and avoids political discussion in the Bites at all costs. But sometimes, the quotes are too interesting to ignore (especially on slow news days). Herewith: A fascinating discussion of charter schools from the perspective of candidates from both parties running for a seat in the state legislature located in far southern Ohio. (Maysville Ledger Independent, 2/28/18)
  4. Auditors, as we have occasionally pointed out here, are the unsung heroes of fiscal justice. The sharp graphite points of their pencils will find your misspending and expose it! The harsh green light of their eyeshades will lay bare your material weaknesses and besmirched management letters. Quake in fear of their spreadsheet skills, Dayton City Schools, and repent your poor internal controls. Repent, I say! (Dayton Daily News, 3/1/18)
  5. We end the week with a fun story. In fact, it’s award-winning fun. To wit: this teacher of a digital video class in Newark was honored for making his class so darn fun. Well, it is digital video so it’s not exactly a miracle. If you can find a teacher who makes History of the Industrial Revolution fun, then you’ve got an award winner. (Newark Advocate, 3/1/18)
Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,