Somewhere between the right and the left – between the un-nuanced mantras of personal responsibility and big government – lie most of the problems related to poverty, as well as most of the solutions. So said Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance in his opening remarks at a Columbus Metropolitan Club event in Columbus last week. He framed the discussion titled “On Poverty” by noting that putting both problems and possible solutions at the extreme end of either political ideology ignores reality and stymies understanding and effective action. Any successful effort to address poverty required individuals to leave their extreme positions and to meet somewhere between. Fordham was proud to co-sponsor the event with the hope that Vance’s new and increasingly important take on the topic would find room at the table for education issues as well.
And education quickly became key to the personal stories shared during the panel portion of the event. Vance referenced the now-familiar story of his own difficult upbringing in Middletown, Ohio, as detailed in his New York Times bestselling memoir. Cynthia Dungey, Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), was co-panelist, and her personal story provided both counterpoint and amplification of...
Speaking of teachers, there are changes in the works for the state’s resident educator training program – a mentoring/support/development program for new teachers which escaped the budgetary chopping block a month or so ago. Kudos to the Ohio Department of Education for understanding that improvements were needed. Let’s hope that the results of said changes are properly analyzed down the road so as to make sure they are actual improvements. Your humble clips compiler has someone in mind for the gig should anyone be interested in a referral. (Gongwer Ohio, 8/4/17)
Nestled within the General Assembly’s final budget plan as sent to Governor Kasich on June 28 was an under-the-radar provision that would have eliminated Ohio’s teacher residency program. This didn’t get a lot of coverage. Neither did Governor Kasich’s veto, which saved the program.
The limited coverage was likely a symptom of unfamiliarity: Unless you have direct contact with this program, you probably don’t know much about it. Yet the legislative change would have had a significant impact on the experiences of new Ohio teachers. Let’s examine what the residency program is and why the General Assembly should look to fix it rather than continue to seek its elimination.
Let’s start today with some statewide education news. To wit: this question. Is the state board of education ready for its close up? Let’s hope so because televised board meetings are coming soon to a modestly-watched Buckeye-centric sub-CSPAN basic cable channel near you very soon. The upside, however, is clear: it will be much easier for observers of their ridiculous shenanigans to observe and, perhaps, comment in public. Whoever that might me. (Gongwer Ohio, 7/27/17) A new statewide taskforce on educating students living in poverty met for the first time yesterday. You can read coverage of that meeting in the D if you want to, but I personally wouldn’t advise you to do so. It could lead to rage. (Columbus Dispatch, 7/27/17) Why might it lead to rage? Because according to the Gongwer coverage of same, it contained the quote which is our headline today, from an educator working in a town that I called home for a couple of years. And I was outraged. But that’s probably just me. (Gongwer Ohio, 7/27/17)
Last month, the Center for Research on Educational Options (CREDO) at Stanford University released a new analysis of the performance of charter management networks, entities that may be engaged to oversee the day-to-day operations of a charter school. (See here for a short review of the report.) As in past CREDO studies, the results showed wide variations in performance depending on several indicators: network type, state, demographics, years spent in charters by pupils, etc.
Despite dozens of analyses and myriad ways to parse the CREDO data, most of the buzz around this study has focused on the analysis of network type, by profit status. Here are four takeaways that venture beyond the flashy headlines.
1) The for-profit versus non-profit discussion needs lots of nuance. CREDO’s comparison of charters based on the profit status of their operators snatched many of the headlines. This was unsurprising, given the current political milieu and much larger rifts within the charter coalition, where “profit” seems to be playing proxy for other issues. Still, it’s simplistic at best and misleading at worst to say—as EdWeek did—“for-profit charter schools show poor academic growth.” In comparison to their nonprofit counterparts, schools overseen by...
As expected, the Lorain Academic Distress Commission on Monday chose their CEO from among the five finalists presented to the public last week. He is David Hardy Jr., who comes to Lorain from St. Louis Public Schools. He will not be on the job right away as he closes up shop in Missouri but the 90-day clock is now ticking toward the deadline for his and the ADC’s new turnaround plan. Not to mention the start of school in a month. (Northern Ohio
Not much education news to report on from the weekend. In fact, there’s very little in the following pieces that has to do with education. More about adult interests, as usual. How very sad.
As if only hearing about this CEO lark for the very first time last week, lots of folks in Lorain decided to speak up about it over the weekend. The Lorain-area NAACP prez says she is very upset with the elected school board. After last week’s theatrics, I’m sure you can guess why. (Northern Ohio Morning Journal, 7/21/17) At last week’s emergency school board reorganization meeting, Lorain’s police chief felt compelled to speak out against the ADC and its CEO search process, citing the Colossus of Lorain (a.k.a. the schmancy new-ish high school building) and some unspecified football victories as proof positive that all was well in the district. In this piece, Chiefy adds that the barely-extant Lorain Alumni Association is another sign that all is well in Lorain City Schools. (Northern Ohio Morning Journal, 7/21/17). Like the good public servant that it wants to be, the Vindy offered up dueling guest editorials on the whole ADC/CEO search situation. The argument to stop