Ohio Gadfly Daily News 7-8-14

  1. The tone is a bit condescending, but we’ll take the media hit: StateImpact Ohio takes a look at Fordham’s Lacking Leaders report. (StateImpact Ohio)
  2. Dispatch editors weigh in decidedly in favor of School Choice Ohio’s legal action against two school districts on the topic of public records. This legal action will be resolved soon with or without this support, but my favorite bit is on another related topic: “The more successful School Choice Ohio is in getting the word out [about voucher eligibility], the more students may leave public schools via vouchers. Public schools understandably want to avoid this, but they should fight against it by making their schools safer and more effective — not by scheming to prevent families from knowing about their options. Scheming in defiance of state law would be even worse.” Wow. (Columbus Dispatch)
  3. We are still feeling the effects of the bitter winter weather in central Ohio. No, not by skiing in July, but by the aftereffects of legislation aimed at helping districts whose calendars were hard hit by the weather. Districts and charter schools can now count their instructional time in hours rather than in days. And with that in place, Columbus’ Catholic schools are busily shrinking their calendars for 2014-15, some by up to two weeks. Wonder if that will result in a lowering of tuition? (Columbus Dispatch)
  4. Vindy editors are first out of the gate with an editorial in support of their student journalists’ “investigation” of Horizon charter schools. (Youngstown Vindicator)
  5. The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education is aiming low…all the way to preschoolers with their new mission and focus. The path to college begins really early in Cleveland. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,