Gadfly Bites 7/13/18 – Sharing is caring

  1. Not much to cover in education news today, but half of what there is includes quotes from our own Chad Aldis! So there’s that. First up, Chad is among the folks discussing A-F school report cards. Good? Bad? Informational? Punitive? Everyone has something to say, but that particular legislative train seems to be staying in the station for a while yet either way. (Dayton Daily News, 7/12/18) Secondly, Chad is less the talker than the subject of talk in this piece about Ohio’s graduation requirements. Which is really sad, since the Plain Dealer has done what ODE has not: crunched some vitally important numbers on graduation rates across the state. But by all means, please just keep talking about Chad instead of who got a free graduation pass. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 7/13/18)
  2. Three small school districts in Trumbull County are looking into the possibility of sharing services in an effort to save money. One of the three is Liberty Local Schools, which recently made headlines by banning white students from leaving the district via open enrollment for nearby Girard City Schools. Girard City Schools is not among the three looking into the possibility of sharing services. (Youngstown Vindicator, 7/13/18)
  3. Finally this week, here is a story about the connection between proper eye care and academic achievement – with actual data! The good news: this is academic success in Youngstown City Schools that we’re talking about, it seems relatively inexpensive all things considered, and it didn’t require turning an entire school building into an eye clinic 365 days a year, as at Our Lady of Oyler in Cincinnati. The bad news: vision care for low-income families is already covered by Medicaid in Ohio and there are copious numbers of providers in Youngstown and most everywhere else. Parents, take your kids to the eye doctor! (Youngstown Vindicator, 7/12/18)

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Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,