Education News for 03-12-2013

Local Education News

  • Columbus schools' cuts won't be so deep (Columbus Dispatch)
  • The Columbus school board will have to cut $15 million -- not the $25 million it thought it needed to reduce -- from its budget, the district announced this afternoon…Read more...

  • Dublin schools’ new leader gets less pay, benefits (Columbus Dispatch)
  • The Dublin school district will spend less on its new superintendent than on his predecessor, even with a benefits package that equals about half of the new superintendent’s salary…Read more...

  • Columbus schools cancel big cuts as $25 million error found (Columbus Dispatch)
  • A week ago, Columbus schools Superintendent Gene Harris warned that the budget ax might chop the length of the school day, eliminate bus rides…Read more...

  • Board gets high school busing update (Newark Advocate)
  • High school busing has been more popular with students then previous estimates, Transportation Supervisor Jason Kee told the Newark Board of Education…Read more...

  • Wauseon schools to eliminate 4 teachers (Toledo Blade)
  • Wauseon Exempted Village Schools Board of Education members on Monday approved almost $400,000 in budget cuts, which includes the elimination…Read more...

Education News for 03-11-2013

State Education News

  • Race to Top grants not worth costs, officials say (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Requirements tied to federal Race to the Top education grants have become more work than the money is worth, some Ohio school districts say…Read more...

  • In some classrooms, social media welcome (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Jordan Shapiro’s class last week delved into a weighty discussion of Plato’s allegory of the cave and shifting perceptions of reality…Read more...

  • Ohio first to target K-3 in voucher program (Dayton Daily News)
  • Ohio may become the first state in the nation to offer publicly funded vouchers to K-3 students whose schools fail to hit the bar in reading…Read more...

  • Emails show data scrubbing analyzed in ’08 (Toledo Blade)
  • It is well-documented that the Ohio Department of Education long knew — or should have known — about extensive data scrubbing at urban Ohio school districts…Read more...

  • Superintendents to testify about state funding (Zanesville Times-Recorder)
  • After losing $500,000 from state funding budget cuts in the past two years, Morgan Local Schools Superintendent Lori Snyder-Lowe fears what’s to come from other budget modifications…Read more...

Local Education News

  • Schools receive their report cards (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • Excellent is the rating for the Oak Hills Local School District. The Ohio Department of Education recently released its Ohio Report Card ratings…Read more...

  • Dublin chooses new superintendent from suburban Cleveland (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Dublin schools announced today that Todd Hoadley will be the district’s next superintendent…Read more...

  • Amherst schools up security; $250,000 system to include panic button, telephones in every classroom (Lorain Morning Journal)
  • Amherst schools will upgrade its security system for the next school year to include a panic button in every building and telephones in every classroom…Read more...

  • Monroe mulls $740K in savings (Middletown Journal)
  • Monroe schools could save $740,000 over the next two years by reducing teacher positions, negotiating salary freezes, raising employee health care contributions and eliminating two active buses, according to the results of a year-long performance…Read more...

  • Community backs new city schools plan (Youngstown Vindicator)
  • Many in the community support city schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn’s plan to restructure schools in an effort to boost student choice, cut costs and bolster achievement — although some questions remain…Read more...


  • School districts to state - We need stable funding (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • Last month, Gov. John Kasich made waves with his school-funding proposal. The waves have not ceased ... and local districts are still bobbing up and down in rather deep troughs…Read more...

  • How about an Ohio school funding formula do-over (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • Any proposal to change the inequitable way Ohio funds its public schools is sure to sow confusion and dissension. Funding formulas are complicated things…Read more...

  • Youngstown school board gets warning from oversight panel (Youngstown Vindicator)
  • Youngstown schools Superinten- dent Connie Hathorn is seeking a renewal of his contract that expires in July 2014. The chairwoman of the state-appointed Academic Distress Commission…Read more...

Education News for 11-27-2012

State Education News

  • Kasich offers Coleman help with school reform (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Gov. John Kasich pledged to assist Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman with efforts to reform the city’s school system, much like the support he gave this year to Cleveland…Read more...

  • New buildings may doom school levies in elections (Dayton Daily News)
  • Voters who approved bond issues in recent years to build new schools rejected requests for new operating levies in those same districts earlier this month…Read more...

  • Title IX 40th anniversary: High school, college athletes, coaches see benefits and challenges (Willoughby News Herald)
  • As an All-Ohio volleyball player at Lake Catholic High School as well as a University of Florida recruit, Abby Detering has felt the effects of Title IX. And she likes what the future holds…Read more...

Local Education News

  • Bomb threat holds up Dublin classes (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Dublin school officials took the unusual step of delaying the start of school throughout the district yesterday after emails said there were bombs in several buildings…Read more...

  • Free school lunch numbers continue to rise (Hamilton Journal-News)
  • During the past decade, the percentage of students participating in the Free and Reduced Lunch program has nearly doubled in some Butler County school districts…Read more...

  • Reynoldsburg Police Pull Dare Officer Out Of Schools (WBNS)
  • The new administration at the Reynoldsburg Police Department has decided to implement term limits for its school resource officer…Read more...

  • Teens steal iPads, laptops (WEWS)
  • Eleven iPads were stolen from an Akron middle school…Read more...

Education News for 09-25-2012

State Education News

  • No charges for former leader of Ohio schools (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Prosecutors won’t press criminal charges against former state schools Superintendent Stan Heffner…Read more...

  • SAT reading score hits 40-year low (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Reading scores on the SAT for the high-school class of 2012 reached a four-decade low, putting a punctuation mark on a gradual decline…Read more...

  • Booster clubs funds face state scrutiny (Dayton Daily News)
  • School booster and parent teacher organizations are about to come under increased scrutiny from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office…Read more...

  • Attendance records being examined at 6 schools (Dayton Daily News)
  • State auditors are examining student attendance records in six Miami Valley school districts as part of a statewide probe into possible data tampering…Read more...

  • Five-year-olds put to the test as kindergarten exams (Reuters)
  • With school in full swing across the United States, the littlest students are getting used to the blocks table and the dress-up corner…Read more...


  • What It Means to 'Believe in Teachers' (Education Week)
  • Last month, in his much-lauded speech to the Republican National Convention, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made "we believe in teachers"…Read more...

Local Education News

  • School board takes next step toward busing pact with city (Chillicothe Gazette)
  • The board approved an agreement with the Ohio Department of Development for a Local Government Innovation Fund grant that will pay for environmental site studies…Read more...

  • Dublin teachers forgo some pay hikes (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Dublin teachers and school administrators are giving up base-salary raises for next school year but will continue to receive step increases…Read more...

  • State report card ranking may drop (Findlay Courier)
  • Findlay City Schools will most likely lose its "excellent" rating and instead earn a lesser "effective" rating on the state-issued report card…Read more...

  • In Cincinnati, orchestrated academic support boosts students from cradle to career (NBC News.com)
  • Eight-month-old Calvin Boggs Jr., grinned when social worker Heidi Sullivan pulled a cardboard book emblazoned with the face of the character Thomas the Tank Engine out of her bag…Read more...

  • Mathews seeks levy to avoid projected deficit (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
  • Mathews Board of Education is asking voters for a new five-year, 4.65-mill levy district officials said is needed to help avoid a projected deficit…Read more...

State budget decisions severely harming communities

When the governor and legislature passed the buck on balancing the state's budget, the effects rippled down through hundreds of schools districts, districts like Dublin city schools.

Dublin city schools are excellent with distinction. You don't get any better than that. Now being threatened by the reckless budget, this school district is scheduled to lose $10.9-million of state funding over the next two years. Like so many other districts, Dublin has to choose between damaging cuts, or asking the community for their continued support.

Two central Ohio school districts gave glimpses last night of what might be cut if their tax issues on the November ballot fail.

Potential cuts in Dublin schools include “well over 100 teachers,” among other jobs, Superintendent David Axner said at the district’s Board of Education meeting.
Those cuts would vary depending on whether board members decided to dip into reserve funds. The plan that officials presented last night assumes the board would use about half of the $15 million reserve. But the district still would eliminate about 150 jobs, limit transportation and reduce elective classes.

Although officials haven’t decided on exact numbers, they would eliminate more than 100 teaching jobs from all grade levels, Axner said.

High-school students, who now choose from six foreign languages, would have fewer options. Bus routes would have fewer pickup areas, Deputy Superintendent Mike Trego said. Class sizes would increase.

Not only would an excellent school district be harmed if this levy fails, but at a time when the governor is talking about creating jobs, thousands of quality, important jobs are being lost in school districts like Dublin all over the state.

The budget that passed is now having a three pronged negative effect on the quality of Ohio as a place to live, work and study.

1. It is hurting our future by making it harder to educate our state's children. Less teachers, greater class sizes, less academic choice, less extra curricula activities. Students don't get a second bite at their childhood education.

2. It is hurting our economy. At a time when job creation is hard to come by, we have purposefully decided to destroy thousands of quality jobs that help fuel local economies.

3. Passing the buck to the local level causes either cuts in school quality which adversely affects property values, or causes increases in local taxes to help offset the reckless budget cuts made by the state.

The legislature didn't need to make these choices, other options were open to them, it's hard to imagine a more damaging policy choice than the one that was made.

ps. If you live in the Dublin city school district, vote yes on issue 15.

HB136 The Privatize Public Education Bill

HB 136 pass out of the House Education committee yesterday 12-10, a party line vote with just one Republican voting no. But what is HB 136?

The bill replaces the ʺEd Choiceʺ and "Cleveland Scholarship" voucher programs, and replaces them with a voucher program instead based on family income, and calls it the "Parental Choice and Taxpayer Savings Scholarship Program" or ʺPACTʺ.

So it's a statewide voucher program with the amount of the voucher deducted from a studentʹs school district, with no limit on the number of PACT vouchers that can be awarded. Of course these vouchers can be used at any eligible nonpublic school.

So here we have a bill that allows unlimited amounts of money to be taken from any school district and sent directly to private institutions, effectively gutting public education for the majority of citizens students, The Governor and the Department of Education must have some thoughts on this? Gongwer

Speaker Batchelder, an architect of the Cleveland Voucher Program, said he has yet to review the final version of the measure, which won't be taken up by the full House until at least next week.

"It's had a lot of deliberations" in committee, he said. "It's a very important bill."

Nevertheless, the speaker said he would "have to see if the administration, which is going to come forward with a new plan on primary and secondary (education), whether they're friendly, unfriendly or what."

"I have not talked with the state superintendent either at this point, so I think we have a little more work to do while it's in Rules (Committee)."

Rob Nichols, spokesman for Gov. John Kasich, said the governor strongly believes in school choice but has not taken a public stance on the measure. ODE also said it has no formal opinion.

How can a bill the effectively provides the means to privatize public education have had a "lot of deliberations" if the Governor, ODE, and State Superintendent not taken any position?

Greg Mild at Plunderbund walks through just one scenario to highlight how destructive this bill would be

If a parent in Dublin finds a private school, enrolls their child, and receives the HB136 funding, the Dublin City School district suffers a net loss of $3,757. Doesn’t sound too bad in isolation, does it? Well, keep going….

Assuming Dublin parents can find private schools to take their children, this could continue until every student has taken their private tuition money out of the Dublin pool and the entire district is privatized. Except that would be impossible because the pool of money can’t sustain the model in the legislation. Honestly, it’s just basic arithmetic at this point.

District funds remaining: $12,089,366
[Divided by] private tuition voucher: $4,626
[Equals] Number of vouchers available for funding: 2,613
Number of total students in Dublin City Schools: 13,910
So, after student number 2,613 has taken their tax money and run, I’m left with two questions for the “financial experts” down at the Statehouse:

Who pays for number 2,614?
Who funds the remaining 11,000+ students?

As Greg notes, HB136 would destroy a public school that is graded excellent with distinction and leave over 10,000 students out in the cold.

Here's the LSC synopsis of HB136, you'll note we haven't even touched upon the education savings accounts aspect to the bill.

HB136 Synopsis