Gadfly Bites 8/15/18 – Friends of the friends of the court

  1. Our own Chad Aldis was a guest on All Sides yesterday, talking about the moldering corpse of ECOT and trying to get folks to understand what the real lessons of this story are. I’m not sure anyone on the panel was listening. (WOSU-FM, Columbus, 8/14/18)
     
  2. Soon to feature on All Sides I daresay, is this new report on school funding from the Ohio Education Policy Institute. I won’t tell you the findings, because I think you can guess that they are the same as every one of their previous reports on school funding. But, hey Chad, are you available for the show? (Columbus Dispatch, 8/14/18)
     
  3. Speaking of money, here are some things that schools are (and are not) spending their precious funding on these days. First up: metal detectors and school security personnel are must-haves for districts with money. (Cincinnati Enquirer, 8/14/18) Transportation for students who attend private schools, not so much. At least not in Beavercreek. (Dayton Daily News, 8/14/18) Finally, for the school district that has everything, including lots of extra cash, there’s the new and nifty Lu system—a flashy (and pricey) gaming system or “interactive playground” that integrates gym and academics. Wrap it up, darling. I’ll take it! (Columbus Dispatch, 8/13/18)
     
  4. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers organization, teaming up with Firestone, announced this week it will provide $500,000 to Akron City Schools over the next five years to beef up STEM education efforts in the district. Nice. (Akron Beacon Journal, 8/14/18)
     
  5. Finally today, things have been very quiet in Youngstown over the summer. But the summer is nearly over and so some great-sounding back-to-school events for students, staff, and families. are in the offing. All of them are, this piece tells us, aligned with the district’s turnaround plan. Sounds right. (Vindy, 8/15/18) No word on whether any members of the elected school board will attend any of those back-to-school events. But if this piece is anything to go by, they are probably much too busy with their endless court fight against the law that created the CEO-style Academic Distress Commission (under whose aegis their district operates due to longstanding suckitude) to go to any wingdings. (Gongwer Ohio, 8/13/18)
     

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