Ohio Gadfly Daily News 6-20-14

  1. Fordham's Chad Aldis appeared on a much more sedate radio segment earlier this week, returning to WHK to talk more about the Common Core. The audio finally is available. Check it out. (WHK-AM, Cleveland)
  2. It must be a Friday during summer break because the education news in thin on the ground today. NCTQ’s new report analyzing teacher prep programs in Ohio spoke well of the University of Dayton and Miami University, and the DDN wants you to know. (Dayton Daily News)
  3. Remember that governor’s race we mentioned yesterday? Education came up again; this time dueling statements on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Says incumbent Kasich: “The whole point is not that some fail and some pass… It's that everybody gets the skills." Says challenger FitzGerald: “This week's test results reinforce that in order to ensure our children are reading at grade level by the third grade we must make a real investment in early childhood education and universal pre-K.” It’s going to be a long summer in Ohio. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  4. Graduation season is over in most schools and districts in Ohio and we’ve talked about a couple of the more unusual news stories resulting. But this is by far the most interesting: 11 teenagers “graduated” from Children’s Services custody in Butler County this week. All of them graduated from high school as well, against gigantic odds. One young woman says: “I was told I was probably going to drop out of school as a sophomore, or get pregnant or do something stupid. To me it shows everybody, you were wrong.” About another young woman, the program coordinator says: “I could see she has so much to offer and she’s so bright and she’s so smart, that if she could funnel that into something else, it would be amazing…. After a placement change, she connected with the right people and she connected with herself.” There is also discussion of a proposed bill to extend Children Services support to young people through age 21 and what that might mean for individuals just like those profiled here. (Middletown Journal News)
Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,