Ohio Gadfly Daily News 6-6-14

  1. Reporting continues across the state in regard to the K-12 education MBR bill and other education legislation moving through the General Assembly. The Vindy focuses its story on the creation of 3 paths to a diploma, emphasizing that legislative changes recognize one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to K-12. (Youngstown Vindicator)
  2. In the Dayton area, superintendents generally seem to like the new graduation options as well, although there are clearly a number of questions yet to be answered. The kid on the street appears to be split. (Dayton Daily News)
  3. StateImpact focuses on Ohio’s apparently staunch commitment to the Common Core. (StateImpact Ohio)
  4. Speaking of which, Rep. Gerald Stebelton is quoted in this public radio piece as saying, “As long as I’m the chairman of the House Education Committee, we're going to have Common Core.” But, of course, Stebelton is term-limited and will be out of office by the end of 2014. (WKSU Radio, Kent)
  5. And finally, the Dispatch reports on the legislation’s requirement that districts create parent panels to review/discuss/approve curriculum materials. The discussion in the online comments section is more substantive and interesting than usual.  (Columbus Dispatch)
  6. In other news, the PD took another look at NCTQ's teacher-absence report and this follow-up story suggests that CMSD’s large number of in-school-time training sessions could have led to a skewing of the number. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  7. As our last stop for the week, we look at the proposed, and very different, dispensation plans for two unused school buildings. In Newark, an empty downtown school building is to be part of the first historic preservation project in and around the central square and it’s going to be renovated into apartments. (Newark Advocate). In New Carlisle, a tax was levied by the city to buy and renovate an empty school 16 years ago. They got as far as the buying part, but that’s it. The place is a haven for squatters and vandals, and the city wants rid of it so bad that the asking price is less than half what they paid for it. But the caveat is the new owner must demolish the buidling and leave an empty lot. (Springfield News Sun)

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Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,