#5of8 Row draws strange bedfellows

We reported yesterday on the Ohio State Board of Education's plans to eliminate the 5 of 8 rule. The Boards' Operating Standards Committee met yesterday to discuss the rule and vote it out of committee. It passed 4-3, but those supporting and opposing the measure were not who you would expect.
According to the Plain Dealer
"I've been receiving a lot of feedback," said committee member Kathleen McGervey of Avon, who voted no after she started receiving calls with objections this weekend. "I just wanted a little more time to hear them out."

Board member Sarah Fowler, the vice chair of the Operating Standards Committee from Ashtabula County, also voted against sending the change to the full board. She said emails from constituents Sunday and Monday convinced her to consider the issue further. Fowler also represents Geauga and Portage counties.

Her biggest concern: "Making sure we're not incentivizing districts to not provide certain things for their students."

Also voting no was Stephanie Dodd, of Hebron.
Sarah Fowler is the home-schooler on the board and typically has not been friendly towards public education. The volume of complaints she and other board members have been receiving have clearly been having an effect. Back the the Plain Dealer
Committee chairman Ron Rudduck, Board President Debe Terhar, and members Tess Elshoff and Brad Lamb, of Westlake, voted to approve the changes for full board consideration.
It should be no surprise that Debe Terhar continues to act against the best interests of students, and Brad Lamb was just voted out of office only 7 days ago to be replaced by a veteran teacher, Roslyn Painter-Goffi. The disappointing yes vote was that of Ron Rudduck.

Rudduck received strong backing from educators in the November elections, believing he was a moderate Republican voice with strong pro-public education beliefs guiding his decisions. Educators and concerned parents should call Ron Ruddick and tell him to oppose the elimination of the 5 of 8 rule. You can phone him: (937) 302-8035, or Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Today, the State board of Education will hear public comments, one of the groups testifying will be the Ohio Education Association - the organization that represents 121,000 teacher in Ohio. Here's why they believe it is critical to keep the 5 of 8 rule.
When the Board votes on the recommendations of the Operating Standards Committee, we ask that you restore this language in Rule 5 for the following reasons:
• Removing the Current Rule 5 language would have the immediate effect of further reducing the educational opportunities that are available to boys and girls in Ohio’s schools.

• Current Rule 5 language already provides significant flexibility to local school districts; there is no compelling reason to change it.

• Without rules requiring Ohio’s schools to provide specific services that meet the needs of the whole child (including school counseling, nursing, library media support, social work, and elementary art, music and physical education instruction), school districts will have the incentive to focus personnel and other resources only on tested subjects.

• Maintaining the “5 of 8” rule demonstrates that the State Board of Education is committed to equal educational opportunity for all of Ohio’s students. If the 5 of 8 rule were eliminated from the Operating Standards, children from low-wealth communities—those who need these services the most—would be the most likely to be deprived of the support they need for a well-rounded education.

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State Board of Education Set to Eliminate Music, Art, Librarians, Counselors, Nurses and Phys Ed

The State Board of Education is poised to allow the elimination of library media specialists, school nurses, visiting teachers, social workers and elementary art, music and physical education specialist by redlining out the following section ("5 of 8" rule) of the Ohio Administrative Code
(4) A minimum of five full-time equivalent educational service personnel shall be employed district-wide for each one thousand students in the regular student population as defined in section 3317.023 of the Revised Code. Educational service personnel shall be assigned to at least five of the eight following areas: counselor, library media specialist, school nurse, visiting teacher, social worker and elementary art, music and physical education. Educational service personnel assigned to elementary art, music and physical education shall hold the special teaching certificate or multi-age license in the subject to which they are assigned. School districts receiving the school nurse wellness coordinator factor and school district health professional factor funds pursuant to section 3306.06 of the Revised Code shall give preference to hiring licensed school nurses.
Tom Gunlock, the board's vice chairman, had this to say to the Plain Dealer this morning
the proposed change isn't to eliminate those positions, as some are charging, but to let districts make their own choices. I'm sure they'll do what's right for their kids.
For wealthy districts who already operate above these comically low standards the rule change will have little impact, but for districts struggling financially, or looking for ways to meet other mandates such as the 3rd grade reading guarantee within existing tight budgets, elimination of these state minimums will have disastrous effects on students. Gunlock is acting very coy and surely knows full well what eliminating these standards will mean.

There are some conflicting reports that the Board vote will take place either tomorrow at their meeting, or at the December meeting. Either way we urge educators and concerned parents to contact the board and tell them to abandon this terrible plan. Email the school board or call (614) 728-2754. Do it sooner rather than later.

Here's a good, short, slide show highlighting some of the details.

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Corporate Ed proposal suffers crushing defeat

Corporate Education Reformers were dealt a massive blow by voters in Missouri, by rejecting a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would have linked teacher evaluations to student performance, limited tenure, and restricted collective bargaining rights. The effort to undermine public education was funded by a far right billionaire, Rex Sinquefield under the guise of a comically named group "Teach Great".

Here's the cockamamie plan he had cooked up
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:
  • require teachers to be evaluated by a standards based performance evaluation system for which each local school district must receive state approval to continue receiving state and local funding;
  • require teachers to be dismissed, retained, demoted, promoted and paid primarily using quantifiable student performance data as part of the evaluation system;
  • require teachers to enter into contracts of three years or fewer with public school districts; and
  • prohibit teachers from organizing or collectively bargaining regarding the design and implementation of the teacher evaluation system?

Sounds a lot like SB5 - and like SB5 it was massively defeated 77% - 23%.

In Illinois, voters struck back at millionaires voting to approve an income tax surcharge to pay for schools. That measure passed 63%-37%.

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2014 Election Brings Step Forward for Public Education

Hopefully not lost in the Governor's reelection is just how unconvinced voters remain about some of his policies, especially when it comes to public education. In 2010 the Governor received 1,889,186 votes, a total he barely topped this election with 1,922,241. Rather than an election win on the basis of convincing voters of his policies, his victory last night was more a product of voter apathy towards the alternative.

Further evidence of voters distrust of the governor's education policies can be seen in the results for the State Board of Education. Seven of the boards seats were on the ballot, and pro-public education candidates won 5 of them.

This graphic was heavily trafficked on social media during the campaign



Winning 5 of 7 races in an election where the top of the ticket was barely contested should be as loud of a message that can be sent. In one of the lost races, District 2, Kim Redfern appears to have been the victim of voter backlash against her Husband, Chris Redfern the Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party. District 7 continues to puzzle. Voters returned home schooler Sarah Fowler to the board, a truly bizarre choice.

With 5 new pro-public education board members and a new Board President to replace the disgraceful Debe Terhar there's more hope that educators will have a voice in education policy over the next few years.

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November 2014 School Levy Results

November school levies and issues in 2014 continued the pattern of higher passage rates. This year they passed at a 65.2% rate and increase over last years 60.1%, which was itself an increase over 2012 (54.7%). This is evidence that voters continue to support their schools and are prepared to make up for state cuts with local efforts.

N/R Failed Passed Pass %
New 45 21 31.8%
Renewal 12 86 87.8%
Grand Total 57 107 65.2%


Here's the full list of unofficial results


County District Type N/R Result
Allen Elida Local School District Levy New Failed
Ashland Hillsdale Local School District Levy Renewal Failed
Ashland Loudonville-Perrysville EVSD Levy New Passed
Ashland Mapleton Local School District Income tax New Failed
Ashtabula Ashtabula Area City School District Levy Renewal Passed
Ashtabula Conneaut Area City School Distrct Levy Renewal Passed
Ashtabula Grand Valley Local School District Levy Renewal Failed
Ashtabula Grand Valley Local School District Levy New Failed
Ashtabula Jefferson Area Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Ashtabula Pymatuning Valley Local School Dist Levy Renewal Passed
Belmont Bridgeport Exempted Village SD Levy Renewal Passed
Belmont Union Local School District Income tax New Failed
Brown Ripley Union Lewis Huntington LSD Levy New Passed
Carroll Brown Local School District Levy Renewal Failed
Champaign Urbana City School District Bond New Passed
Champaign Graham Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Champaign Mechanicsburg Ex Vill School Dist Levy Renewal Passed
Champaign Triad Local School District Levy New Failed
Clark Greenon Local School District Levy New Passed
Clark Greenon Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Clark Southeastern Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Clark Tecumseh Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Clinton Clinton-Massie Local School District Levy New Failed
Columbiana East Liverpool City School District Levy Renewal Passed
Columbiana Salem City School District Levy Renewal Passed
Columbiana Southern Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Coshocton River View Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Crawford Crestline Exempted Village SD Income tax New Failed
Cuyahoga North Olmsted City School District Bond New Passed
Cuyahoga Cleveland Municipal School Dist. Combo New Passed
Cuyahoga North Royalton City School District Combo New Failed
Cuyahoga Bedford City School District Levy New Passed
Cuyahoga Berea City School District Levy New Failed
Cuyahoga Brecksville-Broadview Hts. City SD Levy Renewal Passed
Cuyahoga Cuyahoga Community College Levy Renewal Passed
Cuyahoga Garfield Hts City School District Levy New Failed
Darke Franklin Monroe Local School Dist Levy Renewal Passed
Darke Ansonia Local School District Income tax Renewal Passed
Darke Arcanum Butler Local School Dist Income tax Renewal Passed
Defiance Northeastern Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Delaware Buckeye Valley Local School District Bond New Failed
Delaware Delaware City School District Levy Renewal Passed
Erie Sandusky City School District Combo New Failed
Erie Huron City School District Levy Renewal Passed
Erie Margaretta Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Fairfield Walnut Twp Local School District Levy Renewal Failed
Fairfield Liberty Union-Thurston LSD Income tax Renewal Passed
Fayette Miami Trace Local School District Combo New Failed
Franklin Gahanna-Jefferson City School Dist Levy New Passed
Franklin Grandview Heights City School Dist Levy New Passed
Franklin New Albany-Plain Local School Dist Levy New Failed
Geuaga Ledgemont Local School District Levy New Failed
Geauga Newbury Local School District Levy New Passed
Geauga Berkshire Local School District Income tax New Failed
Geauga Ledgemont Local School District Income tax Renewal Passed
Greene Beavercreek City School District Levy Renewal Passed
Hamilton Winton Woods City School District Bond New Failed
Hamilton Forest Hills Local School District Combo New Passed
Hamilton Cincinnati City School District Levy Renewal Passed
Hamilton Lockland Local School District Levy New Failed
Hamilton Mariemont City School District Levy New Passed
Hancock Van Buren Local School District Bond New Failed
Hancock Liberty-Benton Local School District Combo New Failed
Harrison Conotton Valley Union LSD Levy Renewal Passed
Harrison Conotton Valley Union LSD Levy Renewal Passed
Harrison Harrison Hills City School District Levy Renewal Passed
Henry Patrick Henry Local School District Levy Renewal Failed
Highland Bright Local School District Income tax New Failed
Huron Monroeville Local School District Combo New Failed
Jefferson Edison Local School District Levy Renewal Failed
Jefferson Toronto City School District Levy Renewal Passed
Knox East Knox Local School District Combo New Failed
Lake Fairport Harbor EVSD Levy Renewal Passed
Lake Madison Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Lake Willoughby-Eastlake CSD Levy Renewal Passed
Licking Southwest Licking Local School Dist Levy Renewal Failed
Logan Indian Lake Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Lorain Keystone Local School District Levy New Failed
Lorain Oberlin City School District Levy New Passed
Lorain Sheffield-Sheffield Lake CSD Levy New Failed
Lucas Maumee City School District Levy New Passed
Lucas Oregon City School District Levy New Failed
Lucas Springfield Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Lucas Springfield Local School District Levy New Failed
Lucas Toledo City School District Levy New Passed
Lucas Washington Local School District Levy New Passed
Madison London City School District Income tax Renewal Passed
Mahoning Boardman Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Mahoning Campbell City School District Levy Renewal Passed
Mahoning Jackson Milton Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Mahoning South Range Local School District Levy New Failed
Mahoning Springfield Local School District Income tax Renewal Passed
Marion Pleasant Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Marion River Valley Local School District Levy New Failed
Marion Tri-Rivers Jt. Vocational School Dist Levy New Failed
Mercer Marion Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Miami Bethel Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Miami Miami East Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Miami Milton-Union Ex Village School Dist Levy Renewal Passed
Miami Bethel Local School District Income tax Renewal Failed
Miami Covington Ex Village School District Income tax Renewal Failed
Monroe Switzerland of Ohio Local SD Income tax New Failed
Montgomery Brookville Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Montgomery Brookville Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Montgomery Huber Heights City School District Levy New Failed
Montgomery Jefferson Twp Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Montgomery Kettering City School District Levy Renewal Passed
Montgomery Miamisburg City School District Levy Renewal Passed
Montgomery Northmont City School Disitrict Levy Renewal Passed
Montgomery New Lebanon Local School District Income tax Renewal Passed
Muskingum Franklin Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Muskingum Zanesville City School District Levy Renewal Passed
Ottawa Genoa Area Local School District Levy New Failed
Perry Southern Local School District Levy New Failed
Portage Field Local School District Levy New Passed
Portage Field Local School District Levy Renewal Failed
Portage Ravenna City School District Levy New Failed
Portage Ravenna City School District Levy New Failed
Portage Rootstown Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Portage Streetsboro City School District Levy Renewal Passed
Portage Streetsboro City School District Levy Renewal Passed
Portage Windham Ex Village School District Levy Renewal Passed
Putnam Columbus Grove Local School Dist Income tax Renewal Passed
Putnam Fort Jennings Local School District Income tax Renewal Passed
Richland Lucas Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Richland Pioneer Jt. Vocational School Dist Levy Renewal Passed
Ross Zane Trace Local School District Income tax New Failed
Sandusky Woodmore Local School District Bond New Failed
Sandusky Bellevue City School District Levy Renewal Passed
Sandusky Clyde-Green Springs Ex Village SD Levy Renewal Passed
Sandusky Gibsonburg Ex Village School District Levy Renewal Passed
Shelby Jackson Center Local School Dist Combo New Passed
Shelby Anna Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Stark Massillon City School District Bond New Failed
Stark Fairless Local School District Levy New Failed
Stark Marlington Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Stark Osnaburg Local School District Levy New Failed
Stark Tuslaw Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Stark Northwest Local School District Income tax Renewal Passed
Summit Coventry Local School District Levy Renewal Failed
Summit Cuyahoga Falls City School District Levy Renewal Passed
Summit Mogadore Local School District Levy New Passed
Summit Springfield Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Summit Springfield Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Summit Springfield Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Trumbull Lakeview Local School District Combo New Failed
Trumbull Bloomfield-Mespo Local School Dis Levy Renewal Passed
Trumbull Bristol Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Trumbull Bristol Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Trumbull Howland Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Trumbull Lordstown Local School District Levy New Failed
Trumbull McDonald Local School District Levy New Passed
Trumbull Mathews Local School Distrct Levy Renewal Passed
Trumbull Southington Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Trumbull Trumbull Career & Tech Center Levy Renewal Passed
Tuscarawas New Philadelphia City School Dist Levy Renewal Passed
Tuscarawas Newcomerstown Ex Village SD Levy Renewal Passed
Warren Warren Co Jt Voca School District Levy Renewal Failed
Washington Frontier Local School District Levy New Failed
Wayne Southeast Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Williams Edon Northwest Local School Dist Levy Renewal Passed
Wood Perrysburg Ex Village School Dist Bond New Passed
Wood Lake Local School District Levy Renewal Passed
Wood Rossford Ex Village School District Levy New Failed

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Report urges revamping student testing

A new report suggests overhauling how school and student success is measured in the United States.

The report, by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and the National Center for Innovation in Education at the University of Kentucky, recommends alternatives to annual standardized tests. It says there should be far more emphasis on ongoing assessments of students as part of regular classroom instruction.

Schools should focus more on “formative assessments,” the curriculum-based problems and quizzes that teachers give to students throughout the school year for feedback on how students are doing, in addition to locally developed alternatives to assessments, the report argues. The latter could include science experiments, literary essays, classroom projects and, by the senior year of high school, internship experiences and portfolios that students can present to employers and colleges.

You can read the report below

Accountability College and Career Readiness Developing New Paradigm

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