Ohio Gadfly Daily News 6-13-14

  1. Fordham’s Chad Aldis peers into the future of accountability in a world of expanding parental choice. (RedefineED)
  2. Speaking of parental choice, a very strange news conference took place at the Lucas County Democratic Party HQ yesterday, announcing nothing newsworthy except to reiterate the views of the Toledo teachers union and local Democrats (two different groups, mind you) that charter schools are a destructive evil that’s causing Toledoans (Toledoites? Toledopolitans?) to suffer. But not good charter schools. They're OK. Oh, and not non-profit good ones either. Mostly just the for-profit ones…that are bad. Luckily one Republican flack and OCQE’s Ron Adler were on hand to lend some balance. Still, nothing newsworthy in this story. At all. (Toledo Blade)
  3. The Enquirer parses out passing rates for sophomores in Ohio's public school on this year’s final ever administration of the Ohio Graduation Test. Statewide, around 70 percent passed all five sections. In the Cincy area, it was 73.6 percent. Conveniently, there’s a bottom-five list that includes Winton Woods at 53 percent, New Miami at 50.8 percent, and Mount Healthy at 39 percent. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  4. Of course, the Enquirer piece notes that the graduation testing landscape is a-changing in Ohio. As noted yesterday, those changes include a condition on private schools’ exemption from state testing. The Ohio Association of Independent Schools chats to the PD about that very thing today. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  5. That new graduation testing landscape was also on the mind of StateImpact’s Amy Hansen and she sought out several knowledgeable folks to explain the changes made in the MBR. (StateImpact Ohio)
  6. Right toward the bottom of that list of OGT pass rates in Southwest Ohio was tiny Winton Woods schools. Perhaps now that the data-scrubbing investigation there is finally completed and safeguards appear to be in place, the new Supe can refocus on more pressing matters. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  7. Reason suggests that the education subcommittee of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Committee  was at least thorough and efficient in getting through yesterday’s meeting agenda. Unfortunately, this report makes it sound like a dog and pony show of historical "research" used to support the pre-determined viewpoint of its witnesses to me. (Gongwer Ohio)
  8. The PD continues its relentless campaign to get the governor to “drop-kick” a provision from the MBR at signing that would send quite a bit of additional funding to dropout-recovery charter schools. This time, it’s a vitriolic commentary by former editor Brent Larkin (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  9. Some Cleveland residents believe a proposal to collocate a brand new JFK High School building and a shopping center is a bad mix. Weird. It's working fine in Gahanna. Smashburger for lunch! (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,