Gadfly Bites 8/7/17 - Stumped

  1. Contract talks in Dayton resume today with some distance still between the two sides. Folks seem upbeat but it will be a long day today and probably Wednesday too, the only other scheduled bargaining day. In between – a school board meeting. Now THAT should be interesting either way. (Dayton Daily News, 8/6/17)
  2. Speaking of teachers, there are changes in the works for the state’s resident educator training program – a mentoring/support/development program for new teachers which escaped the budgetary chopping block a month or so ago. Kudos to the Ohio Department of Education for understanding that improvements were needed. Let’s hope that the results of said changes are properly analyzed down the road so as to make sure they are actual improvements. Your humble clips compiler has someone in mind for the gig should anyone be interested in a referral. (Gongwer Ohio, 8/4/17)
  3. The “disappointed” president of the Lorain school board has filed an everything-including-the-kitchen-sink data request with a bunch of folks involved in the selection process for the new district CEO. You can read about the request generally in the Morning Journal. (Northern Ohio Morning Journal, 8/4/17) You can read a from-the-horse’s-mouth version of the story in the Chronicle, including some legal stuff that probably didn’t come from the board prez himself. (Elyria Chronicle, 8/6/17)  
  4. Speaking of districts under the aegis of a CEO, Youngstown is reporting a 42 percent reduction in the number of missed days due to student disciplinary actions. CEO Krish Mohip is crediting the new, more-simplified student code of conduct he rolled out last year and the restorative justice practices put in place at the same time. Members of the school board are disputing both the numbers and their meaning. (Youngstown Vindicator, 8/6/17)
  5. Both of my loyal Gadfly Bites subscribers know that your humble clips compiler is humble to a fault when it comes to the vitally important work (well…) of compiling other people’s clips and reporting on them. But it is not often that your humble clips compiler is actually humbled by a clip. Today, it has happened. Here is a story about Cross Over Academy in Stark County, whose structure is entirely a mystery to me. It is neither charter nor private school. It is geared for homeschooled students and its curriculum emulates other actual schools elsewhere in the country. However, it is tuition-free according to its founder, which means it’s not what we call a non-public, non-tax-supported school (or an “oh-eight” school) either, which it most closely resembles. Whatever Cross Over Academy is, the story of its founding and the description of its organizing principals are interesting and there are more than two dozen students ready to bust through the doors when it opens on Monday. (Canton Repository, 8/6/17)
Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,