Ohio Gadfly Daily News 5-22-14

  1. There’s a governor’s race going on in Ohio; the candidates’ stances on education are far apart. In Akron yesterday, Democratic candidate Ed FitzGerald spoke only briefly on education. You can see the full text of the ABJ coverage at the link, but here's what Mr. FitzGerald was reported to have said about charters: "He said he is not opposed to charter schools and thinks they can be an ‘important option for some kids.’ He said, though, that he thinks charter schools should be treated the same as public schools. “I disagree with the way charter schools are funded at the expense of public schools and the fact they are exempted from the same requirements and oversight,” he said.  (Akron Beacon Journal)
  2. Lorain City Schools is forecasting a big deficit for next year. Primary reasons given: open enrollment and vouchers, $5 million in property tax delinquencies, and “glitches” in the state funding formula. (Northern Ohio Morning Journal)
  3. There’s an open enrollment flap in West Geauga Schools as well, in which currently open enrolled students who reside in other districts are being denied renewal for next year due to a new cap imposed on the number of students being accepted. If only someone could have predicted such a thing! Yeah, I did. 72 days ago according to Twitter. West G had better make it right, although I wonder now whether those families will feel welcome at all, even if the initial decision is reversed. (Willoughby News Herald)
  4. I don't think the Common Core is in any danger in rural Putnam County. (Delphos Herald)
  5. Nor in successful suburban Westerville, where it seems like the transition to Common Core is just about wrapped up; curriculum changes are being finalized to align to the ELA and math standards and curriculum purchases prepared. Nice. (ThisWeek News/Westerville News & Public Opinion)
Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,