Gadfly Bites 4/2/18 - No foolin'

  1. I believe there is a headline error in this piece looking at the precarious state of play in Trotwood Schools after several years of poor report cards and attempts to remedy that problem. See if you can spot it. (Dayton Daily News, 4/2/18)
  2. Meanwhile, and on a similar theme, editors in Toledo say: “Fire bad.” (Toledo Blade, 3/30/18)
  3. The only person I can think of who could get away with publishing a serious education-related commentary piece on April Fools Day is the Vindy’s venerable (and irascible) Bertram de Souza. That being said, I will admit I am not sure whether he’s being serious here or not. Anyone else want to read it and take a guess? (Youngstown Vindicator, 4/1/18)
  4. This one is almost certainly not an April Fools Day prank, although certain phrases—“the baseball team goes to watch the school play”—did give me pause. If the community-wide movement to increase student participation in sports in Talawanda Schools is indeed real, let’s hope they get another story published on a different day so as not to potentially confuse folks. (Middletown Journal-News, 4/1/18)
  5. A round-robin series of facilities moves among the City of Chillicothe and Chillicothe Schools will begin soon, culminating in some nice new digs for the various agencies, including a new bus garage for the district. I kind of wish this one was an April Fools prank, but I don’t think they’re kidding about the infestation of bats which started the whole thing back in 2016. Yuck. (Chillicothe Gazette, 3/30/18)
  6. Fairfield County’s Got Talent! First up, a Lancaster High School student is heading to a state level baking competition. Interestingly, she had previously been homeschooled but enrolled at LHS specifically for their culinary arts program. Her talent is now rising nicely. (Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, 3/30/18) Second, a young violinist from Bloom-Carroll High School is heading to Carnegie Hall in June to play with the Columbus Youth Symphony. His private instructor speaks highly of him, and of her school’s ability to give BC’s bands and choirs a boost by “providing them” with some great players. Not sure what that says about the quality of my alma mater’s music programs exactly, but I never cared much about them anyway! (Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, 4/2/18)
Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,