Gadfly Bites - 8/19/14

  1. Day Two of hearings on the newest Common Core repeal bill in Ohio has already begun. I predict diminishing coverage, but Day One was of interest all over the state. Coverage from Cleveland focuses on literature and science (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Coverage from Columbus focuses on support for the Common Core, noting some inconsistencies in proponent testimony (Columbus Dispatch). Coverage from Cincinnati focuses on the testimony given (Cincinnati Enquirer). Coverage from public radio in Kent focuses on teachers and their views. (WKSU-Radio, Kent). And coverage from Dayton focuses on the local angle, where they find much support for the standards among educators. (Dayton Daily News)
  2. Back in the real world, school is starting up in Scioto County, and there is talk of some of the changes in procedure for schools across the state, especially attendance procedures and the change from instructional days to instructional hours. We’ve seen a few of these “back-to-school” pieces but this is one of the few that includes charter schools’ information as well. Especially good here, because the charter schools in question are sponsored by Fordham. Hope every student in Sciotoville has a great year! (Portsmouth Daily Times)
  3. A bit of a bumpy start to the year in Canal Winchester Schools yesterday – persistent mechanical issues kept a whopping 1/3 of their buses from passing inspection and therefore kept them off the road for the first day of school. Some quick borrowing of equipment from districts as far away as Westerville saved the day, but one suspects there will be more on this story down the road. Of course there is no discussion of how central Ohio charter school student transportation may have been affected. (Columbus Dispatch)
  4. I love small-town newspapers. In Amherst, back-to-school time means checking in with every individual school and seeing what leaders are anticipating for the coming year. At Nord Middle School, having every student ace their PARCC exams is top of the list. Nice. (Amherst News Times)
Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,