Gates Foundation Admits $500 million Teacher Evaluation "Experiment" was Colossal Failure

“The initiative itself tried to pull a bunch of levers to have a big impact on student performance,” said Brian Stecher, a RAND researcher and the lead author of the report. “The sites did in fact modify all of these levers, some more than others, but in the end, there were no big payoffs in terms of improved graduation [rates] or achievement of students in general, and low-income and minority students in particular.”

That was the conclusion of a study paid for by the Gates Foundation, into their own Teacher Evaluation/Merit Pay experiment or "The Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative", which cost $575 million in total.

From this comes the following recommendations

  • Reformers should not underestimate the resistance that could arise if changes to teacher-evaluation systems have major negative consequences for staff employment.
  • A near-exclusive focus on TE might be insufficient to dramatically improve student outcomes. Many other factors might need to be addressed, ranging from early childhood education, to students' social and emotional competencies, to the school learning environment, to family support. Dramatic improvement in outcomes, particularly for LIM students, will likely require attention to many of these factors as well.

One of the recommendations should have been to listen to teachers. Over and over again, teachers warned that high stakes evaluations ties to student achievement would not only fail to produce the hoped for results, but would have serious negative consequences on students (over-testing) and teacher.

Imagine if Gates would have spent his fortune on some of the items listed in the second bullet point, instead of listening to corporate education reformers and their desire to test and punish.

 

 

 

E-School Politicians at Center of ECOT scandal look for Political Cover

A report in Gongwer details a newly introduced bill to address e-schools in light of the education catastrophe it has created for its students and school districts who have been deprived of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Here's what Gongwer reports on HB707

Rep. Reineke said the legislation also would lead to increased transparency regarding e-school funding "because Ohioans have the right to know how these tax dollars are being spent."

Rep. Faber said the bill achieves the goal by adding financial disclosure requirements regarding money spent on advertising, books, communications, promotions and travel, among other categories.

He said the measure also would create a bipartisan committee to study the possibility of implementing a funding model for e-schools tied to student learning, rather than enrollment. The committee would be required to finalize its report by Nov. 1.

This bill isn't designed to fix the e-school scam, it's designed to give political cover to the politicians like Kieth Faber and David Yost that engineered it either through policy or inaction.

A toothless bill, with a reporting date a week before the general election is such an obvious political ploy it deserves its own transparency requirement.

Chartered e-schools don't need fixing. They need to be closed down entirely.

School Levies and Issue on the May 2018 Ballot

91 school levies and issues will appear on the May 8th, 2018 ballot, roughly even split between renewals and requests for new money.

Type New Renewal Total
Bond 6 3
Combo 6 6
Income Tax 13 4 17
Levy 20 42 62
Total 45 46 91

Here's the complete list of districts with issues or levies on the ballot.

County Subdivision Name Question Type Description
Allen Elida Local School District Combo N/A
Allen Bath Local School District Levy Renewal
Ashtabula Grand Valley Local School District Levy Additional
Ashtabula Geneva Area City School District Income Tax Additional
Athens Alexander Local School District Income Tax Additional
Auglaize Waynesville-Goshen Local School District Levy Renewal
Auglaize St. Marys City School District Income Tax Additional
Carroll Brown Local School District Levy Renewal
Champaign Graham Local School District Income Tax Additional
Clark Northeastern Local School District Combo N/A
Clinton Clinton-Massie Local School District Income Tax Additional
Crawford Crestline Exempted Village School District Levy Renewal
Crawford Wynford Local School District Levy Renewal
Crawford Wynford Local School District Levy Renewal
Cuyahoga Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District Bond N/A
Cuyahoga Beachwood City School District Combo N/A
Cuyahoga Brooklyn City School District Levy Renewal
Cuyahoga Parma City School District Levy Additional
Cuyahoga Solon City School District Levy Additional
Darke Mississinawa Valley Local School District Levy Renewal
Erie Edison Local School District Levy Substitute
Erie Huron City School District Levy Renewal
Fairfield Bloom-Carroll Local School District Combo N/A
Fairfield Amanda-Clearcreek Local School District Income Tax Additional
Franklin Gahanna-Jefferson City School District Combo N/A
Geauga Berkshire Local School District Bond N/A
Geauga Chardon Local School District Levy Additional
Greene Yellow Springs Exempted Village School District Combo N/A
Guernsey Cambridge City School District Levy Additional
Hancock Arcadia Local School District Levy Renewal
Hancock Liberty Benton Local School District Levy Renewal
Hancock Liberty Benton Local School District Levy Renewal
Hancock Cory-Rawson Local School District Income Tax Renewal
Henry Patrick Henry Local School District Levy Renewal
Huron Monroeville Local School District Levy Replacement
Huron Willard City School District Income Tax Additional
Jefferson Indian Creek Local School District Bond N/A
Lake Kirtland Local School District Levy Additional
Lake Willoughby-Eastlake City School District Levy Renewal
Licking Northridge Local School District Combo N/A
Licking Johnstown-Monroe Local School District Levy Renewal
Licking Newark City School District Levy Renewal
Licking Granville Exempted Village School District Income Tax Additional
Licking Johnstown-Monroe Local School District Income Tax Renewal
Logan Indian Lake Local School District Levy Renewal
Logan Ohio Hi-Point Joint Vocational School District Levy Additional
Lorain Columbia Local School District Levy Renewal
Lorain Columbia Local School District Levy Renewal
Lucas Maumee City School District Levy Additional
Madison Madison-Plains Local School District Income Tax Additional
Mahoning Boardman Local School District Levy Additional
Mahoning Western Reserve Local School District Levy Renewal
Medina Brunswick City School District Levy Renewal
Medina Highland Local School District Levy Renewal
Medina Medina City School District Levy Substitute
Muskingum East Muskingum Local School District Levy Renewal
Muskingum West Muskingum Local School District Levy Renewal
Ottawa Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District Levy Additional
Ottawa Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District Income Tax Additional
Portage Field Local School District Levy Additional
Portage Waterloo Local School District Levy Renewal
Portage Waterloo Local School District Levy Additional
Putnam Ottawa-Glandorf Local School District Income Tax Additional
Richland Shelby City School District Bond N/A
Ross Chillicothe City School District Levy Substitute
Sandusky Woodmore Local School District Levy Renewal
Sandusky Fremont City School District Income Tax Renewal
Sandusky Gibsonburg Exempted Village School District Income Tax Additional
Seneca Tiffin City School District Levy Renewal
Shelby Jackson Center Local School District Income Tax Renewal
Stark Alliance City School District Levy Renewal
Stark North Canton City School District Levy Additional
Stark Perry Local School District Levy Renewal
Stark Tuslaw Local School District Levy Additional
Summit Norton City School District Levy Additional
Summit Twinsburg City School District Levy Renewal
Summit Woodridge Local School District Levy Additional
Trumbull Howland Local School District Levy Additional
Trumbull Joseph Badger Local School District Levy Renewal
Trumbull McDonald Local School District Levy Renewal
Trumbull Mathews Local School District Levy Renewal
Trumbull Niles City School District Levy Additional
Tuscarawas Garaway Local School District Levy Additional
Tuscarawas Garaway Local School District Levy Substitute
Tuscarawas New Philadelphia City School District Levy Renewal
Warren Little Miami Local School District Bond N/A
Warren Carlisle Local School District Levy Renewal
Warren Lebanon City School District Levy Renewal
Washington Belpre City School District Levy Additional
Wayne Green Local School District Income Tax Additional
Wood Bowling Green City School District Bond N/A
Wood Eastwood Local School District Levy Replacement

November 2017 Levy Results

With 122 levies and issues on the ballot, the total passage rate was a disappointing 71%. This is in large part due to the high number of requests for new money. The passage rates for renewals (93%) was in line with historical levels, as was requests for new monies (43%).

N/R Failed Passed Grand Total Pass %
New 30 23 53 43.4%
Renewal 5 65 70 92.9%
Grand Total 35 87 122 71.3%

Here's the full list of unofficial results

County District N/R Result
Allen Shawnee Local Renewal Passed
Allen Spencerville Local Renewal Passed
Ashland Ashland County - West Holmes JVSD Renewal Passed
Ashtabula Geneva Area City New Failed
Ashtabula Jefferson Area Local Renewal Passed
Athens Alexander Local New Failed
Athens Athens City Renewal Passed
Champaign Graham Local New Failed
Champaign Urbana City Renewal Passed
Clark Northeastern Local New Failed
Clark Springfield City New Passed
Clinton Clinton-Massie Local New Failed
Columbiana Salem City Renewal Passed
Coshocton Coshocton City Renewal Passed
Crawford Crestline Exempted Village Renewal Failed
Crawford Wynford Local New Passed
Cuyahoga Brooklyn City Renewal/Increase Failed
Cuyahoga Richmond Heights Local New Passed
Defiance Northeastern Local New Passed
Delaware Big Walnut Local New Passed
Delaware Delaware Area Career Center Renewal Failed
Delaware Delaware City New Passed
Erie Edison Local New Failed
Erie EHOVE Career Center New Passed
Erie Perkins Local Renewal Passed
Fairfield Amanda-Clearcreek Local New Failed
Fairfield Liberty Union-Thurston Local New Failed
Franklin New Albany-Plain Local New Passed
Franklin Upper Arlington City New Passed
Fulton Evergreen Local Renewal/Reduction Passed
Fulton Fayette Local Renewal Passed
Geauga Cardinal Local Renewal Passed
Geauga Chardon Local New Failed
Geauga West Geauga Local Renewal Failed
Greene Beavercreek City New Passed
Greene Cedar Cliff Local Renewal Passed
Hamilton Cincinnati City Renewal Passed
Hamilton Southwest Local New Passed
Hardin Ada Exempted Village Renewal Passed
Henry Napoleon Area City Renewal Passed
Henry Patrick Henry Local Renewal Failed
Huron Monroeville Local New Failed
Huron South Central Local New Passed
Jefferson Buckeye Local New Failed
Jefferson Indian Creek Local New Failed
Lake Painesville City Local Renewal Passed
Lake Willoughby-Eastlake City New Failed
Lawrence Lawrence County JVSD Renewal Passed
Licking Lakewood Local Renewal Passed
Licking Northridge Local New Failed
Lorain Avon Local New Passed
Lorain Oberlin City Renewal Passed
Lorain Oberlin City Renewal Passed
Lorain Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City New Failed
Lucas Oregon City Renewal Passed
Lucas Toledo City Renewal Passed
Madison Madison-Plains Local Renewal Passed
Mahoning Boardman Local Renewal Passed
Mahoning Boardman Local Renewal Passed
Mahoning Canfield Local Renewal Passed
Mahoning Jackson-Milton Local Renewal Passed
Mahoning Jackson-Milton Local Renewal Passed
Mahoning Poland Local Renewal Passed
Marion River Valley Local Renewal Passed
Marion Tri-Rivers Career Center Renewal Passed
Medina Black River Local Renewal Passed
Medina Brunswick City New Passed
Medina Highland Local New Passed
Mercer Celina City New Passed
Mercer Marion Local Renewal Passed
Miami Miami East Local Renewal Passed
Miami Milton-Union Exempted Village Renewal Passed
Miami Piqua City Renewal Passed
Miami Troy City New Failed
Montgomery Kettering City Renewal Passed
Montgomery Miami Valley Career Tech Ctr New Passed
Montgomery Miamisburg City Renewal Passed
Montgomery New Lebanon Local Renewal Passed
Montgomery New Lebanon Local Renewal Passed
Montgomery Vandalia-Butler City Renewal Passed
Morrow Cardington-Lincoln Local Renewal Passed
Ottawa Genoa Area Local New Passed
Ottawa Port Clinton City Renewal Passed
Perry New Lexington City Renewal Passed
Portage Crestwood Local New Failed
Portage Field Local New Failed
Portage Rootstown Local New Failed
Portage Southeast Local Renewal Passed
Portage Waterloo Local New Failed
Preble Preble-Shawnee Local New Failed
Putnam Ottawa-Glandorf Local Renewal Passed
Putnam Pandora-Gilboa Local Renewal Passed
Richland Shelby City New Failed
Ross Zane Trace Local Renewal Passed
Sandusky Gibsonburg Ex Village New Failed
Shelby Fairlawn Local Renewal Passed
Stark Louisville City Renewal Passed
Stark Marlington Local Renewal Passed
Stark Massillon City Renewal Passed
Stark North Canton City New Failed
Stark Tuslaw Local Renewal Passed
Summit Barberton City Renewal Passed
Summit Coventry Local Renewal Passed
Summit Cuyahoga Falls City New Passed
Summit Hudson City New Passed
Summit Manchester Local Renewal Passed
Summit Norton City New Failed
Summit Woodridge Local New Failed
Trumbull Lakeview Local Renewal Passed
Trumbull Niles City New Failed
Trumbull Southington Local New Failed
Tuscarawas New Philadelphia City New Passed
Tuscarawas Strasburg-Franklin Local Renewal Passed
Van Wert Vantage Career Center Renewal Passed
Warren Little Miami Local New Failed
Warren Springboro Community City New Passed
Warren Wayne Local New Passed
Wayne Chippewa Local Renewal Passed
Wayne Norwayne Local Renewal Passed
Wayne Triway Local Renewal Passed
Wood Bowling Green City New Failed
Wyandot Mohawk Local Renewal Passed

Who Goes TEN Years NOT Giving Pay Rises to Professionals Helping the Developmentally Disabled? The Portage County Board of DD is Who.

The 19 Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities Service and Support Administrators (SSAs) have been on strike for a month.  Before we get to that, what's an SSA? From the Portage county DD website

The Service and Support Administration Department serves as the gateway to services through the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Persons seeking services are guided through the intake and eligibility process by a Service and Support Administrator (SSA). Eligible individuals are assigned an SSA to assess individual needs, to develop an Individual Service Plan, to address identified needs, to arrange for services and supports; and to monitor the provision of those services. SSAs help consumers and families to navigate the DD system by providing information on resources available through other agencies, such as Social Security, Medicaid, and other local resources. All SSAs are required to complete training and ongoing professional growth and are certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
— http://www.pcbmrdd.org/?q=node/94

Why are such important people in the Portage county community on strike?

  • They've been operating without a contract for over 14 months. Their board has refused to negotiate.
  • Workloads have dramatically increased - they are currently serving over 700 individuals and families.
  • Despite a $20 million surplus and this increased workload, these workers have not received a cost of living raise in TEN years!
 Think of the 703 people without case management

Think of the 703 people without case management

The board is unlike a typical school board, in that it is not elected. Instead it is appointed by the County Commissioners and a Probate Judge. We would encourage concerned citizens to contact board members and politely ask them to return to the negotiating table, and work out a fair and respectful contract. They are being ridiculous, and it's hurting their community.

Board Members:
Ralph Kletzien 330-673-3415
Michelle Sahr 330-688-5502
John Gargan, Jr. 330-673-1939
Cheri Michael 330-325-9385
Timothy Moran 330-678-6483
Kelly Butler 234-380-1873
Carol J. Fruscella 330-626-4043

Probate Judge Bob Berger: 330-297-3870

Portage County Commissioners:
Vicki Kline (president) 330-297-3606
Sabrina Christian-Bennett (vice-president) 330-297-3605
Maureen Frederick (member) 330-297-3604

If you live in, or near Portage county, there is a vigil at “the rock” at Kent State on Monday November 6th at 5pm. We're certain these dedicated people would love the support.

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November 2017 School Issues and Levies

125 school levies and issues will appear on the November 7th ballots across the state. The majority, 80 are renewals, the rest asking for new or additional monies.

The table below lists all the issues and levies that will appear on ballots. When you vote, we urge all the supporters of Join the Future to consider supporting their local schools.

County Subdivision Name Question Type Description
Allen Shawnee Local School District Levy Renewal
Allen Spencerville Local School District Income Tax Renewal
Ashland Ashland County-West Holmes Joint Vocational School District Levy Renewal
Ashtabula Jefferson Area Local School District Levy Renewal
Ashtabula Geneva Area City School District Income Tax Additional
Athens Alexander Local School District Income Tax Additional
Athens Athens City School District Income Tax Renewal
Champaign Urbana City School District Levy Renewal
Champaign Graham Local School District Income Tax Additional
Clark Northeastern Local School District Combo N/A
Clark Springfield City School District Levy Substitute
Clinton Clinton-Massie Local School District Levy Additional
Columbiana Salem City School District Levy Renewal
Coshocton Coshocton City School District Levy Renewal
Crawford Wynford Local School District Combo N/A
Crawford Crestline Exempted Village School District Levy Renewal
Cuyahoga Cuyahoga Community College District Bond N/A
Cuyahoga Richmond Heights Local School District Combo N/A
Cuyahoga Brooklyn City School District Levy Renewal/Increase
Defiance Northeastern Local School District Combo N/A
Delaware Big Walnut Local School District Combo N/A
Delaware Delaware Area Career Center Levy Renewal
Delaware Delaware City School District Levy Additional
Erie EHOVE Joint Vocational School District Levy Additional
Erie Edison Local School District Levy Substitute
Erie Perkins Local School District Levy Renewal
Fairfield Liberty Union-Thurston Local School District Levy Additional
Fairfield Amanda-Clearcreek Local School District Income Tax Additional
Franklin Upper Arlington City School District Combo N/A
Franklin New Albany Plain Local School District Levy Additional
Fulton Fayette Local School District Levy Renewal
Fulton Evergreen Local School District Income Tax Renewal/Reduction
Geauga Cardinal Local School District Levy Renewal
Geauga Chardon Local School District Levy Additional
Geauga West Geauga Local School District Levy Renewal
Greene Beavercreek City School District Levy Substitute
Greene Cedar Cliff Local School District Levy Renewal
Hamilton Southwest Local School District Combo N/A
Hamilton Cincinnati City School District Levy Renewal
Hardin Ridgemont Public Library Levy Renewal
Hardin Ada Exempted Village School District Income Tax Renewal
Henry Napoleon Area City School District Levy Renewal
Henry Patrick Henry Local School District Levy Renewal
Huron Monroeville Local School District Levy Replacement
Huron South Central Local School District Levy Additional
Jackson Rio Grande Community College Levy Replacement
Jefferson Indian Creek Local School District Bond N/A
Jefferson Buckeye Local School District Levy Additional
Lake Painesville City School District Levy Renewal
Lake Willoughby-Eastlake City School District Levy Substitute
Lawrence Lawrence County Joint Vocational School District Levy Renewal
Licking Northridge Local School District Combo N/A
Licking Lakewood Local School District Levy Renewal
Lorain Avon Local School District Levy Substitute
Lorain Oberlin City School District Levy Renewal
Lorain Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City School District Levy Additional
Lorain Oberlin City School District Income Tax Renewal
Lucas Oregon City School District Levy Renewal
Lucas Toledo City School District Levy Renewal
Madison Madison-Plains Local School District Levy Renewal
Mahoning Boardman Local School District Levy Renewal
Mahoning Boardman Local School District Levy Renewal
Mahoning Canfield Local School District Levy Renewal
Mahoning Jackson Milton Local School District Levy Renewal
Mahoning Jackson Milton Local School District Levy Renewal
Mahoning Poland Local School District Levy Renewal
Marion River Valley Local School District Levy Renewal
Marion Tri-Rivers Joint Vocational School District Levy Renewal
Medina Brunswick City School District Bond N/A
Medina Highland Local School District Bond N/A
Medina Black River Local School District Levy Renewal
Mercer Marion Local School District Levy Renewal
Mercer Celina City School District Income Tax Additional
Miami Troy City School District Combo N/A
Miami Miami East Local School District Levy Renewal
Miami Milton-Union Exempted Village School District Levy Renewal
Miami Piqua City School District Levy Renewal
Montgomery Miami Valley Technology Vocational School District Combo N/A
Montgomery Kettering City School District Levy Renewal
Montgomery Miamisburg City School District Levy Renewal
Montgomery New Lebanon Local School District Levy Renewal
Montgomery New Lebanon Local School District Levy Renewal
Montgomery Sinclair Community College District Levy Renewal
Montgomery Vandalia-Butler City School District Levy Renewal
Morrow Cardington-Lincoln Local School District Income Tax Renewal
Ottawa Genoa Area Local School District Levy Additional
Ottawa Port Clinton City School District Levy Renewal
Perry New Lexington Local School District Levy Renewal
Portage Crestwood Local School District Combo N/A
Portage Rootstown Local School District Combo N/A
Portage Field Local School District Levy Additional
Portage Southeast Local School District Levy Renewal
Portage Waterloo Local School District Levy Additional
Preble Preble Shawnee Local School District Combo N/A
Putnam Ottawa-Glandorf Local School District Levy Renewal
Putnam Pandora-Gilboa Local School District Income Tax Renewal
Richland Shelby City School District Bond N/A
Ross Zane Trace Local School District Levy Renewal
Seneca Mohawk Local School District Income Tax Renewal
Shelby Fairlawn Local School District Levy Renewal
Stark North Canton City School District Combo N/A
Stark Louisville City School District Levy Renewal
Stark Marlington Local School District Levy Renewal
Stark Massillon City School District Levy Renewal
Stark Tuslaw Local School District Levy Renewal
Summit Hudson City School District Bond N/A
Summit Barberton City School District Levy Renewal
Summit Coventry Local School District Levy Renewal
Summit Cuyahoga Falls City School District Levy Additional
Summit Manchester Local School District Levy Renewal
Summit Norton City School District Levy Additional
Summit Woodridge Local School District Levy Additional
Trumbull Lakeview Local School District Levy Renewal
Trumbull Niles City School District Levy Additional
Trumbull Southington Local School District Levy Additional
Tuscarawas New Philadelphia City School District Levy Replacement/Increase
Tuscarawas Strasburg-Franklin Local School District Levy Renewal
Van Wert Vantage Career Center Joint Vocational School District Levy Renewal
Warren Little Miami Local School District Bond N/A
Warren Wayne Local School District Bond N/A
Warren Springboro City School District Levy Substitute
Wayne Triway Local School District Levy Renewal
Wayne Chippewa Local School District Income Tax Renewal
Wayne Norwayne Local School District Income Tax Renewal
Wood Bowling Green City School District Bond N/A