Gadfly Bites 4/21/17 - Mrs. DeVos goes to Van Wert

  1. Chad is quoted in two pieces discussing possible budget amendments which would change the state’s charter sponsor evaluations. What is mainly at issue is the weighting of schools of differing sizes in a sponsor’s portfolio. But you have to dig through the reporters’ and interview subjects’ focus on how much this would affect Ohio’s largest online school to get to the deeper detail. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 4/20/17) Chad’s comments are especially helpful in that regard in the Dispatch piece from this morning. (Columbus Dispatch, 4/21/17)
  2. Speaking of budget amendments, changes to and a study of the impacts of College Credit Plus are afoot via other possible amendments coming down the pike. (Gongwer Ohio, 4/20/17) In Stark County, however, College Credit Plus is seen as an unqualified success for students, families, and especially for Clark State Community College. No changes required except expansion. (Dayton Daily News, 4/20/17)
  3. We told you earlier in the week about CEO Krish Mohip’s new neighborhood school proposal in Youngstown. Initial reaction to the proposal from the community and district stakeholders is good, although there is no price tag on it yet and certain details still need to be worked out. (Youngstown Vindicator, 4/20/17) Meanwhile, we learned this week that Youngstown’s new food service director was poached (get it?) from nearby Austintown Schools. She is yet another award winner added to Mohip’s team. (Youngstown Vindicator, 4/20/17) But not everything is hunky dory for Mohip. Lest we forget, the CEO does have bosses. And they would like him to fill in a few more numbers currently missing from his update of the district turnaround plan. (Youngstown Vindicator, 4/21/17)
  4. What do folks in Lorain think of Mohip’s new neighborhood school proposal? “Wait and see” is probably the main takeaway from this initial look by the Morning Journal. (Northern Ohio Morning Journal, 4/19/17)
  5. In case you somehow missed it, Darth DeVos and Grand Moff Weingarten visited the Van Wert school district yesterday. Sounds like a hoot. (Toledo Blade, 4/21/17) The Associated Press version of the visit was distinctly less positive. (AP, via Northern Ohio Morning Journal, 4/21/17) At the start of the day, Secretary DeVos opined on her priorities with a guest column in the PD. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 4/20/17) A good round up of social-media coverage of the visit, with lots of photos and videos, is here if you are so inclined. (The 74 Million, 4/20/17)
Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,