Gadfly Bites 4/4/18 - Yay and yawn

  1. Herewith: the new leader (and the revamped mission) of FutureReady Columbus. (Columbus Monthly, 4/2/18)
  2. Speaking of revamping, a guest commentator in Cincinnati opined this week against the legislation which proposes, among other things, to consolidate K-12, higher ed, and workforce development governance in Ohio. I’m sure the other side of the argument will be along any day now in the Enquirer. (Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/2/18)
  3. A while back, I asked rhetorically whether any cash-strapped school districts actually institute the budget cuts that the state auditor’s office recommends after an audit. Or if they just shut down mid-year and help their students transfer to charter and private schools head immediately to the ballot box for a levy. We might find one anecdotal answer this week when the board of education of Niles City Schools (in state fiscal caution status currently) votes on a budget proposal. Perhaps it depends on just how dire the fiscal situation is. Niles’ situation seems pretty dire, but the l-word is bandied about here too. (Youngstown Vindicator, 4/4/18)
  4. The biggest winners in terms of the largesse that LeBron James and his family foundation have bestowed upon his hometown are of course the students of Akron City Schools. We have seen this time and again over the years, including Savannah James’ Prom Promise outreach in providing lovely prom dresses for Buchtel and East High Schoolers. But the second biggest winners might just be the staff and owners of the Hilton Hotel in Fairlawn, where every foundation event seems to occur these days. (Akron Beacon Journal, 4/2/18)
Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,