Gadfly Bites 7/23/18 – Singularly focused

  1. Both Chad Aldis and Jessica Poiner are quoted in this Gongwer piece on the potential effect of new rules for dropout recovery schools, recently approved by the State Board of Education. Sounds like those effects are difficult to prognosticate, but we will likely see how they did within a year. (Gongwer Ohio, 7/20/18)
     
  2. It is notable, I think, that ECOT is not mentioned in the above piece. It is downright miraculous, I would suggest, that ECOT is not mentioned in this piece – looking at a “new approach to online learning” to be piloted by the new operator of Ohio’s OHDELA online charter school. Color me surprised. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 7/21/18)
     
  3. Unless Dayton City Schools has an awesome billiards team that I don’t know about, there is quite a mixed metaphor in this piece. But that’s the only questionable thing in here, as the top-to-bottom restructuring of Dayton’s athletic department after a fairly awful year seems pretty darn awesome. And athletics enhances academics. (Dayton Daily News, 7/23/18)
     
  4. Speaking of Dayton, here is a fantastic profile of STARBASE, a Department of Defense initiative in which the U.S. Air Force offers hands on STEM summer camps free of charge across the country. The largest such program is at Wright-Patterson AFB. Sounds awesome! Who knew? (Dayton Daily News, 7/20/18)
     
  5. We end today with another surprising story tying Ohio to the federal government. In it, an executive order on workforce development, signed last week by President Trump, is lauded by a number of construction trade unions in Northwest Ohio. You’ll have to read the piece to get the connection, but the brief look at a Toledo apprenticeship program—and one of its star apprentices—is definitely worth the read. (Toledo Blade, 7/20/18)

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