Rhee-ality check

You know a report titled "Rhee-ality check: the Failure of Students First" is going to be interesting, and indeed it is, opening with

Since its launch two years ago, StudentsFirst has made bold predictions about the organization’s impact on education policy, and what it will accomplish across the country.

This is the first report of its kind to examine whether this education advocacy group founded by Michelle Rhee has made progress toward its key goals. Gathered here for the first time is a body of evidence, data, and analysis showing that Students First has given its donors and supporters a poor return on their investment.

StudentsFirst has failed to live up to expectations in four main areas: fundraising, leadership, electoral politics, and grassroots organizing. These failures are described in detail below. A national education advocacy group with such a track record of ineffectiveness is not what Rhee’s investors signed up for.

Here's the full report

Rhee-ality check: the Failure of Students First

This report seems to fit in with a previous post, "THE END OF MICHELLE RHEE?", given how ineffective the organization she has created truly is.

May 2013 School Levy Results

The results below are preliminary. A high number of levies passed or failed by less than 2%, with some seperated by just a handful of votes (the Dispatch is reporting that a recount is likely in Groveport as their levy is now failing by 16 votes). A number of these results then, are subject to change before the results are finalized.

Based on these preliminary results, just shy of 60% of all school levies passed yesterday, with a 90% passage rate for renewals and a somewhat higher than normal passage rate for New money requests.

New renewal Failed Passed Pass %
New 50 36 41.9%
Renewal 5 46 90.2%
Over all 55 82 59.9%

Here are the results of the May 7th 2013 school levy elections, currently reported

County District Type of issue Result N/R For Against
Allen Apollo JVSD Bond - School Passed N 58.0% 42.0%
Allen Bluffton EV Income Tax (Permanent Passed R 77.2% 22.8%
Allen Elida Local Permanent Improvement Passed R 60.6% 39.4%
Allen Elida Local Emergency Operating Failed N 46.8% 53.2%
Allen Lima City Emergency Operating Passed R 67.3% 32.7%
Ashland Hillsdale Local Current Expenses Passed R 72.1% 27.9%
Ashland Loudonville-Perrysville Emergency Operating Passed R 55.2% 44.8%
Ashland Loudonville-Perrysville Permanent Improvement Failed N 46.2% 53.8%
Ashtabula Ashtabula City Emergency Operating Failed N 48.4% 51.6%
Ashtabula Jefferson Area Local Current Expenses Passed R 58.1% 41.9%
Athens Trimble Local Permanent Improvement Failed N 48.9% 51.1%
Auglaize St. Marys City Income Tax (Current Failed N 39.7% 60.3%
Auglaize Waynesfield Goshen Permanent Improvement Passed R 64.6% 35.4%
Belmont Bellaire Local Emergency Operating Failed N 44.7% 55.3%
Belmont Bridgeport EV Current Operating Failed N 41.9% 58.1%
Belmont St. Clairsville-Richland Current Expenses Passed N 70.2% 29.8%
Carroll Brown Local Bond Issue (Building) & Failed N 49.2% 50.8%
Carroll Carrollton EV Emergency Operating Failed N 40.6% 59.4%
Champaign Urbana City Operating Expenses Passed N 75.9% 24.1%
Clark Clark-Shawnee Local Operating Levy Failed N 49.8% 50.2%
Clark Greenon Local Building & Current Failed N 46.1% 53.9%
Clark Springfield City Bond Issues (Building & Passed N 57.6% 42.4%
Clark Tecumseh Local Emergency Operating Failed N 31.0% 69.0%
Clermont Milford EV Current Operating Passed N 59.8% 40.2%
Columbiana Columbiana EV Bond (Building & Failed N 42.1% 57.9%
Columbiana Salem City Permanent Improvement Passed R 74.4% 25.6%
Columbiana United Local Permanent Improvement Failed N 41.1% 58.9%
Crawford Galion City Current Operating Failed N 33.8% 66.2%
Cuyahoga Brecksville-Broadview Current Operating Passed R 61.4% 38.6%
Cuyahoga Brooklyn City Bond (Building) & Passed N 57.6% 42.4%
Cuyahoga Lakewood City Current Operating Passed N 68.4% 31.6%
Cuyahoga Westlake City Current Operating Failed N 49.6% 50.4%
Darke Mississinawa Valley Building & Permanent Passed R 67.6% 32.4%
Delaware Delaware City Bond (Building & Passed N 60.6% 39.4%
Erie Edison Local Emergency Operating Passed N 52.0% 48.0%
Erie Perkins Local Permanent Passed R 51.4% 48.6%
Erie Perkins Local Emergency Operating Failed N 35.5% 64.5%
Fairfield Walnut Township Local Income Tax (Current Passed N 51.7% 48.3%
Franklin Groveport Madison Emergency Levy Passed N 50.2% 49.8%
Fulton Swanton Local Bond (Building) & Failed N 45.2% 54.8%
Geauga Ledgemont Local Operating Levy Failed N 40.2% 59.8%
Greene Fairborn City Emergency Levy Failed N 34.1% 65.9%
Hamilton Forest Hills Local Bond (Building & Failed N 45.0% 55.0%
Hamilton Oak Hills Local Operating Levy Failed N 45.2% 54.8%
Hancock Cory-Rawson Local Income Tax Current Passed R 58.0% 42.0%
Hardin Ada EV Income Tax Current Passed N 55.1% 44.9%
Hardin Upper Scioto Local Permanent Improvement Failed N 48.5% 51.5%
Hardin Upper Scioto Local Emergency Levy Passed R 55.4% 44.6%
Henry Napoleon Area City Income Tax Current Failed N 46.8% 53.2%
Holmes West Holmes Local Emergency Levy Passed R 67.4% 32.6%
Huron Monroeville Local Building & Passed R 51.0% 49.0%
Huron Willard City Permanent Failed N 39.4% 60.6%
Jefferson Buckeye Local Emergency Levy Failed N 34.5% 65.5%
Jefferson Indian Creek Local Bond (Building & Failed N 37.9% 62.1%
Jefferson Jefferson County JVSD Current Expense & Failed N 46.6% 53.4%
Knox East Knox Local Current Expense & Failed N 45.0% 55.0%
Knox Mount Vernon Local Emergency Levy Passed N 65.7% 34.3%
Lake Kirtland Local Emergency Levy Passed R 53.4% 46.6%
Lake Mentor EV Operating Expenses Passed R 73.2% 26.8%
Lake Mentor EV Permanent Passed R 73.1% 26.9%
Lake Painesville City Current Operating Passed R 58.8% 41.2%
Lake Willoughby-Eastlake Emergency Levy Failed R 46.7% 53.3%
Licking Johnstown-Monroe Emergency Levy Passed R 65.4% 34.6%
Licking Lakewood Local Emergency Levy Passed R 59.7% 40.3%
Licking Licking Heights Local Emergency Levy Failed N 38.9% 61.1%
Licking North Fork Local Income Tax Current Failed N 46.6% 53.4%
Logan Benjamin Logan Local Emergency Levy Failed N 49.5% 50.5%
Logan West Liberty Salem Income Tax Current Passed N 66.1% 33.9%
Lorain Amherst EV Permanent Improvement Passed R 61.0% 39.0%
Lorain Amherst EV Emergency Levy Passed R 62.0% 38.0%
Lorain Avon Lake City Emergency Levy Passed N 52.2% 47.8%
Lorain Columbia Local Current Expenses Failed N 44.3% 55.7%
Lorain North Ridgeville City Emergency Levy Passed R 64.4% 35.6%
Lucas Oregon City Building & Permanent Passed R 61.0% 39.0%
Madison Madison-Plains Local Permanent Failed N 43.9% 56.1%
Mahoning Boardman Local Permanent Passed N 50.1% 49.9%
Mahoning Boardman Local Current Operating Passed R 60.5% 39.5%
Mahoning Jackson-Milton Local Permanent Passed R 57.4% 42.6%
Mahoning Jackson-Milton Local Operating Expenses Passed R 57.3% 42.7%
Mahoning Poland Local Emergency Operating Passed R 65.4% 34.6%
Mahoning Springfield Local Building & Permanent Passed N 61.1% 38.9%
Medina Black River Local Emergency Operating Passed N 51.1% 48.9%
Medina Cloverleaf Local Emergency Operating Failed N 49.3% 50.7%
Mercer Celina City Income Tax Current Passed R 67.4% 32.6%
Mercer Marion Local Emergency Levy Passed R 61.2% 38.8%
Miami Covington EV Building & Permanent Passed N 51.6% 48.4%
Miami Milton-Union EV Current Expenses Passed R 58.2% 41.8%
Miami Piqua City Emergency Levy Passed R 64.5% 35.5%
Miami Tipp City EV Emergency Levy Passed N 51.4% 48.6%
Monroe Switzerland of Ohio Operating Expenses Failed N 48.9% 51.1%
Montgomery Brookville Local Current Expenses Passed R 68.8% 31.2%
Montgomery Brookville Local Current Expenses Passed N 50.0% 50.0%
Montgomery Centerville City Current Expenses Failed N 49.3% 50.7%
Montgomery Jefferson Township Bond Issue (Building) & Failed N 23.8% 76.2%
Montgomery Valley View Local Current Expenses Passed N 54.8% 45.2%
Morrow Cardington-Lincoln Income Tax Current Failed N 49.1% 50.9%
Muskingum East Muskingum Local Emergency Levy Passed R 76.8% 23.2%
Muskingum West Muskingum Local Emergency Levy Passed N 55.9% 44.1%
Noble Caldwell EV Replacement and Passed N 57.3% 42.7%
Portage Kent City Current Expenses Passed N 61.0% 39.0%
Preble Twin Valley Income Tax Current Failed N 48.4% 51.6%
Richland Mansfield City Emergency Levy Passed R 72.2% 27.8%
Ross Chillicothe City Emergency Levy Passed N 50.6% 49.4%
Sandusky Clyde-Green Springs Emergency Levy Failed N 38.4% 61.6%
Sandusky Gibsonburg EV Income Tax Current Failed N 47.5% 52.5%
Seneca Bettsville Local Income Tax Current Passed R 53.3% 46.7%
Seneca Fostoria City Necessary Requirements Passed N 59.0% 41.0%
Shelby Fairlawn Local Emergency Levy Passed R 66.4% 33.6%
Stark Canton Local Bond Building & Failed N 49.6% 50.4%
Stark Fairless Local Emergency Levy Failed N 39.0% 61.0%
Stark Louisville City Emergency Levy Passed N 62.0% 38.0%
Stark Marlington Local Bond (Building) & Failed N 43.8% 56.2%
Stark North Canton City Permanent Passed N 57.8% 42.2%
Summit Barberton City Emergency Levy Passed N 54.6% 45.4%
Summit Coventry Local Bond (Building) & Passed N 55.2% 44.8%
Summit Cuyahoga Falls City Permanent Failed N 42.8% 57.2%
Summit Manchester Local Current Expenses Passed R 72.0% 28.0%
Summit Mogadore Local Current Expenses Failed R 40.6% 59.4%
Trumbull Brookfield Local Current Expenses Passed R 50.1% 49.9%
Trumbull Champion Local Emergency Levy Passed N 51.6% 48.4%
Trumbull Girard City Emergency Levy Passed N 62.1% 37.9%
Trumbull Lakeview Local Emergency Levy Passed R 61.6% 38.4%
Trumbull Maplewood Local Emergency Levy Passed R 65.0% 35.0%
Trumbull McDonald Local Operating Expenses Passed R 63.5% 36.5%
Trumbull Newton Falls EV Emergency Levy Failed N 37.9% 62.1%
Trumbull Niles City Emergency Levy Failed N 29.9% 70.1%
Trumbull Niles City Permanent Failed N 30.6% 69.4%
Union Marysville EV Current Operating Passed R 78.8% 21.2%
Van Wert Van Wert City Income Tax Current Passed N 59.7% 40.3%
Warren Carlisle Local Operating Levy Passed N 53.4% 46.6%
Wayne Orrville City Current Expenses Failed N 40.6% 59.4%
Williams Millcreek West Unity Emergency Levy Passed R 70.2% 29.8%
Wood Bowling Green City Current Expenses Failed R 34.6% 65.4%
Wood Elmwood Local Income Tax Current Failed R 41.5% 58.5%
Wood Elmwood Local Income Tax Current Failed R 41.7% 58.3%
Wood North Baltimore Local Current Expenses Passed R 53.0% 47.0%
Wyandot Carey EV Bond (Building) & Passed N 64.4% 35.6%

Close failing charters quickly

Close failing charter schools quickly. That's the message from the latest study. The NTY times reports on a new charter school study that ought to send policy chills down the spines of those advocating for more failed choice

The charter school movement gained a foothold in American education two decades ago partly by asserting that independently run, publicly financed schools would outperform traditional public schools if they were exempted from onerous regulations. The charter advocates also promised that unlike traditional schools, which were allowed to fail without consequence, charter schools would be rigorously reviewed and shut down when they failed to perform.

With thousands of charter schools now operating in 40 states, and more coming online every day, neither of these promises has been kept. Despite a growing number of studies showing that charter schools are generally no better — and often are worse — than their traditional counterparts, the state and local agencies and organizations that grant the charters have been increasingly hesitant to shut down schools, even those that continue to perform abysmally for years on end.

As the Governor advocates for even greater charter school expansion in Ohio, where the experiment has failed even more catastrophically, there needs to be a serious look at closing down failed charters quickly. As the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University study noted

It debunked the common notion that it takes a long time to tell whether a new school can improve student learning. In fact, the study notes, it is pretty clear after just three years which schools are going to be high performers and which of them will be mediocre. By that time, the charter authorizers should be putting troubled schools on notice that they might soon be closed. As the study notes: “For the majority of schools, poor first year performance will give way to poor second year performance. Once this has happened, the future is predictable and extremely bleak. For the students enrolled in these schools, this is a tragedy that must not be dismissed.”

We're not just wasting tax payers dollars that could be better spent in higher performing traditional public schools, we're wasting educational opportunities of students who are attending these failing charter schools.

November 2012 School Levy Results

It was a good night for a lot of school levies. Requests for new money were passed at rates 10% higher than last November's levies efforts, and renewals held steady at their normal 85% rate.

The biggest news, perhaps, was the passage of the Cleveland school levy 57-43. It's been a long time since Cleveland has produced such strong support for their schools, and that support now needs to be rewarded with a plan that delivers a quality education.

New renewal Failed Passed Pass %
New 76 45 32.2%
Renewal 10 60 85.7%
Over all 87 105 54.7%

Here's the full list of results.

County District Result N/R For Against
Allen Apollo Career Center Failed New 46.0% 54.0%
Allen Elida Local Failed Renewal 40.0% 60.0%
Allen Lima City Passed New 55.0% 45.0%
Allen Shawnee Local Passed Renewal 62.0% 38.0%
Allen Spencerville Local Passed Renewal 57.7% 42.3%
Ashland Ashland City Passed New 56.1% 43.9%
Ashland Hillsdale Local Failed New 42.7% 57.3%
Ashland West Holmes JVS Passed Renewal 59.6% 40.4%
Ashland West Holmes JVS Passed Renewal 58.5% 41.5%
Ashtabula Ashtabula Area City Failed New 42.7% 57.3%
Ashtabula Grand Valley Local Failed New 43.2% 56.8%
Ashtabula Jefferson Area Local Failed Renewal 49.5% 50.5%
Ashtabula Jefferson Area Local Failed Renewal 46.2% 53.9%
Athens Athens City Passed Renewal 65.3% 34.7%
Athens Trimble Local Failed New 46.9% 53.1%
Belmont Bellaire Local Failed New 42.7% 57.3%
Brown Western Brown Local Failed New 43.0% 57.0%
Butler Monroe Local Passed New 54.7% 45.3%
Carroll Brown Local Failed New 48.5% 51.5%
Champaign Urbana City Failed New 42.0% 58.0%
Clark Clark-Shawnee Local Passed Renewal 56.3% 43.7%
Clark Greenon Local Failed New 44.9% 55.2%
Clark Northeastern Local Failed New 40.0% 60.1%
Clark Tecumseh Local Failed New 43.8% 56.2%
Clermont Batavia Local Passed New 50.4% 49.6%
Clermont Milford EV Failed New 49.3% 50.7%
Clermont West Clermont Local Failed New 39.7% 60.3%
Clinton Blanchester Local Passed Renewal 69.6% 30.4%
Clinton East Clinton Local Failed 38.3% 61.7%
Coshocton Coshocton City Passed Renewal 61.7% 38.3%
Crawford Galion City Failed New 32.4% 67.6%
Cuyahoga Bay Village City Passed New 60.4% 39.6%
Cuyahoga Brooklyn City Passed Renewal 61.2% 38.9%
Cuyahoga Cleveland Municipal Passed New 56.6% 43.5%
Cuyahoga Euclid City Passed New 50.1% 50.0%
Cuyahoga Fairview Park City Passed Renewal 65.6% 34.5%
Cuyahoga Maple Heights City Passed Renewal 59.8% 40.2%
Cuyahoga North Roylaton City Failed New 47.2% 52.8%
Cuyahoga Richmond Heights Passed New 51.3% 48.7%
Cuyahoga Rocky River City Passed New 55.0% 45.0%
Cuyahoga South Euclid-Lyndhurst Passed New 53.8% 46.2%
Cuyahoga Strongsville City Passed New 50.0% 50.0%
Erie Edison Local Failed New 44.7% 55.3%
Erie Sandusky City Passed New 57.2% 42.8%
Fairfield Walnut Township Local Failed New 37.9% 62.1%
Franklin Dublin City Passed New 54.4% 45.6%
Franklin New Albany-Plain Local Passed New 50.2% 49.8%
Franklin Upper Arlington City Failed New 45.1% 54.9%
Franklin Worthington City Passed New 62.3% 37.7%
Franklin Worthington City Passed New 53.4% 46.6%
Geauga Cardinal Local Passed Renewal 57.8% 42.3%
Geauga Chardon Local Failed New 48.3% 51.7%
Geauga Ledgemont Local Passed New 50.1% 49.9%
Geauga Newbury Local Failed New 43.4% 56.6%
Geauga West Geauga Local Passed New 50.3% 49.8%
Greene Beavercreek City Failed New 49.7% 50.3%
Greene Cedar Cliff Local Passed New 61.8% 38.2%
Greene Fairborn City Failed New 45.7% 54.3%
Greene Xenia Community City Failed New 34.4% 65.6%
Greene Yellow Springs EV Passed New 67.1% 32.9%
Guernsey Cambridge City Passed Renewal 62.1% 37.9%
Hamilton Cincinnati City Passed Renewal 67.2% 32.9%
Hamilton Finneytown Local Passed New 56.0% 44.1%
Hamilton Mt Healthy City Failed New 45.7% 54.3%
Hamilton Northwest Local Failed New 45.5% 54.5%
Hamilton Reading Community Passed Renewal 71.4% 28.7%
Harrison Conotton Valley Union Failed New 43.1% 56.9%
Henry Napoleon Area City Failed New 44.6% 55.4%
Holmes West Holmes Local Passed Renewal 60.2% 39.8%
Huron Monroeville Local Passed New 53.4% 46.6%
Huron Norwalk City Failed New 45.3% 54.7%
Huron Williard City Failed Renewal 42.3% 57.7%
Jefferson Buckeye Local Failed New 38.0% 62.0%
Jefferson Edison Local Failed New 44.5% 55.5%
Jefferson Indian Creek Local Failed New 46.3% 53.7%
Jefferson Jefferson County JVSD Failed New 49.6% 50.4%
Knox Centerburg Local Passed Renewal 62.2% 37.8%
Knox East Knox Local Failed New 39.8% 60.2%
Knox Mount Vernon City Failed New 48.9% 51.1%
Lake Kirtland City Passed New 50.1% 49.9%
Lake Painesville City Passed New 50.3% 49.7%
Lake Willoughby-Eastlake Passed Renewal 59.8% 40.2%
Licking Johnstown-Monroe Passed Renewal 53.1% 46.9%
Licking Licking Heights Local Failed New 37.9% 62.1%
Licking North Fork Local Failed Renewal 42.2% 57.8%
Logan Indian Lake Local Failed New 37.7% 62.3%
Logan West Liberty-Salem Passed New 53.1% 46.9%
Lorain Amherst EV Passed New 52.1% 47.9%
Lorain Avon Lake City Failed New 47.2% 52.9%
Lorain Avon Local Passed New 59.9% 40.1%
Lorain Clearview Local Passed New 52.2% 47.8%
Lorain Columbia Local Passed Renewal 54.6% 45.4%
Lorain Columbia Local Passed Renewal 55.0% 45.0%
Lorain Elyria City Failed New 46.6% 53.4%
Lorain Lorain City Passed New 54.2% 45.8%
Lorain Lorain County JVSD Passed Renewal 60.1% 40.0%
Lorain Midview Local Failed New 38.7% 61.4%
Lorain North Ridgeville City Passed New 56.6% 43.4%
Lorain Oberlin City Passed Renewal 67.4% 32.6%
Lorain Oberlin City Passed Renewal 69.2% 30.9%
Lorain Wellington Exempted Passed New 59.1% 40.9%
Lucas Anthony Wayne Local Passed Renewal 61.7% 38.3%
Lucas Ottawa Hills Local Passed New 65.7% 34.3%
Lucas Toledo City Failed New 47.6% 52.5%
Madison Madison-Plains Local Failed New 45.8% 54.2%
Mahoning Boardman Local Passed New 53.3% 46.7%
Mahoning Jackson-Milton Local Failed New 32.8% 67.2%
Mahoning Jackson-Milton Local Failed Renewal 49.4% 50.6%
Mahoning Poland Local Passed New 55.0% 45.0%
Mahoning South Range Local Passed Renewal 57.6% 42.4%
Mahoning Springfield Local Failed New 47.7% 52.3%
Mahoning Youngstown City Passed Renewal 60.2% 39.8%
Marion River Valley Local Passed Renewal 54.5% 45.5%
Marion Tri-Rivers JVSD Failed New 41.4% 58.6%
Medina Black River Local Failed New 37.6% 62.4%
Medina Black River Local Failed New 35.9% 64.1%
Medina Cloverleaf Local Failed New 46.7% 53.3%
Medina Medina City Failed New 47.8% 52.2%
Mercer Celina City Failed New 32.5% 67.6%
Miami Miami East Local Passed Renewal 52.7% 47.3%
Miami Milton-Union EV Failed Renewal 49.9% 50.1%
Miami Newton Local Passed Renewal 54.0% 46.0%
Monroe Switzerland of Ohio Failed New 38.8% 61.2%
Montgomery Centerville City Failed New 49.5% 50.5%
Montgomery Huber Heights City Failed New 38.3% 61.7%
Montgomery Jefferson Township Failed New 48.7% 51.3%
Montgomery Miamisburg City Passed Renewal 57.2% 42.8%
Montgomery New Lebanon Local Passed Renewal 57.7% 42.3%
Montgomery New Lebanon Local Passed Renewal 59.2% 40.8%
Montgomery Valley View Local Failed New 46.9% 53.1%
Montgomery Vandalia-Butler City Failed New 45.5% 54.5%
Montgomery West Carrollton City Failed New 48.4% 51.6%
Morrow Cardington-Lincoln Failed New 34.7% 65.4%
Muskingum West Muskingum Local Failed New 44.9% 55.1%
Ottawa Port Clinton City Passed Renewal 55.8% 44.2%
Perry New Lexington City Passed Renewal 55.5% 44.5%
Portage Aurora City Passed New 51.2% 48.8%
Portage Crestwood Local Passed New 53.9% 46.1%
Portage Field Local Failed New 47.6% 52.4%
Portage Rootstown Local Passed Renewal 59.7% 40.3%
Portage Waterloo Local Failed New 43.0% 57.0%
Preble Tri-County North Local Passed Renewal 66.0% 34.0%
Putnam Ottawa-Glandorf Local Passed Renewal 65.1% 34.9%
Putnam Pandora-Gilboa Local Passed Renewal 58.8% 41.2%
Richland Mansfield City Failed Renewal 48.6% 51.4%
Richland Shelby City Failed New 32.8% 67.2%
Ross Zane Trace Local Passed Renewal 57.2% 42.8%
Sandusky Bellevue City Passed Renewal 52.6% 47.4%
Sandusky Clyde-Green Springs Passed Renewal 54.5% 45.6%
Sandusky Fremont City Passed Renewal 56.4% 43.6%
Sandusky Woodmore Local Passed Renewal 57.3% 42.7%
Scioto Green Local Passed New 51.8% 48.2%
Seneca Bettsville Local Failed Renewal 49.6% 50.4%
Seneca Mohawk Local Failed New 38.8% 61.2%
Seneca Tiffin City Passed Renewal 62.0% 38.0%
Shelby Fairlawn Local Failed Renewal 48.8% 51.2%
Stark Canton Local Failed New 48.3% 51.7%
Stark Louisville City Failed New 48.9% 51.1%
Stark Marlington Local Failed New 39.5% 60.5%
Stark Marlington Local Passed Renewal 59.4% 40.6%
Stark Massillon City Passed New 50.1% 49.9%
Stark Minerva Local Passed Renewal 53.6% 46.4%
Stark Tuslaw Local Passed Renewal 62.3% 37.7%
Summit Akron City Passed New 59.5% 40.5%
Summit Barberton City Failed New 45.4% 54.6%
Summit Coventry Local Passed Renewal 60.5% 39.5%
Summit Hudson City Passed Renewal 65.7% 34.4%
Summit Nordonia Hills City Failed New 40.1% 60.0%
Summit Norton City Passed New 53.4% 46.6%
Summit Stow-Munroe Falls City Passed Renewal 57.6% 42.4%
Summit Tallmadge City Failed New 38.8% 61.3%
Summit Twinsburg City Passed New 53.9% 46.1%
Summit Woodridge Local Passed New 55.5% 44.6%
Trumbull Brookfield Local Failed New 39.4% 60.6%
Trumbull Champion Local Failed New 48.6% 51.4%
Trumbull Howland Local Passed Renewal 60.2% 39.9%
Trumbull Joseph Badger Local Passed Renewal 51.9% 48.2%
Trumbull Mathews Local Passed New 50.2% 49.8%
Tuscarawas Buckeye JVSD Passed New 54.5% 45.5%
Tuscarawas Dover City Passed Renewal 55.8% 44.2%
Tuscarawas Dover City Passed Renewal 53.8% 46.2%
Tuscarawas New Philadelphia City Passed Renewal 64.6% 35.4%
Tuscarawas Strasburg-Franklin Passed Renewal 59.6% 40.4%
Tuscarawas Tuscarawas Valley Passed Renewal 61.9% 38.1%
Union Marysville EV Failed New 41.7% 58.3%
Van Wert Vantage Career Center Passed Renewal 67.4% 32.6%
Warren Carlisle Local Failed New 49.0% 51.0%
Washington Warren Local Failed New 38.7% 61.3%
Wayne Orrville City Failed New 38.1% 61.9%
Wayne Triway Local Passed Renewal 59.5% 40.5%
Wood Bowling Green City Failed New 47.7% 52.3%
Wood Perrysburg EV Passed New 51.3% 48.8%

Education News for 10-17-2012

State Education News

  • Cuyahoga Heights schools' former employee stole almost $4.2 million, state auditor says (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • Nearly $4.2 million was stolen from the Cuyahoga Heights school district by its former technology director…Read more...

  • Cheating shows charters, testing failed, author says (Columbus Dispatch)
  • School cheating scandals aimed at improving high-stakes student-proficiency test results are a symptom of a failed reform plan that is wasting billions of dollars…Read more...

  • State finally releases school and district grades (Columbus Dispatch)
  • The Ohio Department of Education released school and district grades for the 2011-12 academic year today, a couple of months late…Read more...

  • Online academy takes learning beyond school day (Hamilton Journal-News)
  • An online school is expanding Hamilton students’ technology knowledge and helping teachers provide more specific remediation…Read more...

  • Schools have a role in shaping healthy habits (Newark Advocate)
  • Jane Krueger’s class at John Clem Elementary School looked more like a school dance than a physical education class as students grooved to the beat…Read more...

Local Education News

  • Columbus City Schools: Schools treasurer urges $25M in cuts (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Columbus City Schools need to cut $25 million from next school year’s budget or risk running out of money, Treasurer Penny Rucker warned school board members last night…Read more...

  • Northridge good now, could be in debt in 2015 (Newark Advocate)
  • The Northridge Local School District is expected to be in the black until 2015, but the district likely will need levy funding to avoid a deficit in three years…Read more...

  • TPS drops to academic watch on report card (Toledo Blade)
  • Toledo Public Schools lost its continuous improvement ranking on Ohio school report cards and slipped into academic watch…Read more...


  • Ohio schools should have their own EpiPens (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • The Ohio Association of School Nurses is busy writing what it hopes will be lifesaving legislation -- a bill that would require schools…Read more...

  • Classroom crime (Columbus Dispatch)
  • A scandal that landed a former Texas school superintendent in prison — for arranging for test scores of low-performing students to disappear from his district’s records — shows the gravity of the alleged data rigging…Read more...

Charters and their supporters failing our kids

ODE has finally released the full school report card, though only in spreadsheet format, and it comes with a warning

ODE will not publish PDFs of the Local Report Cards until the investigation by the Auditor of State is concluded.

We thought it would be useful to compare how effective traditional public schools were versus their charter school counterparts. The results are staggeringly bad for charter schools

Report Card Rating Traditional Schools Charter Schools
Academic Emergency 3.4% 18.8%
Academic Watch 4.6% 15.6%
Continuous Improvement 10.4% 27.3%
Effective 21.4% 15.6%
Excellent 41.0% 7.4%
Excellent with Distinction 14.4% 1.1%
Not Rated 4.8% 14.2%

61.6% of all charter schools in Ohio are less than effective, while that can only be said of 18.4% of traditional schools. If the purpose of charter schools was to be incubators of excellence, they are doing a very poor job, with only 8.5% of them hitting the excellent or better rating. Indeed, if you truly want to see excellence, you have to look at traditional public schools, where over 55% are rated excellent or better.

If "school choice" organizations in Ohio had any integrity, the choice they would be urging in almost all cases, would be for parents to choose traditional public schools. In the vast majority of cases, their advocacy of charter schools are an advocacy of miserable failure, at huge tax payer expense.

Diane Ravitch spoke to this issue in Columbus yesterday

Proficiency testing and charter schools were billed in the late 1990s as solutions to a broken public-education system. Now, they are part of a failed status quo, said Ravitch, 74, an author and U.S. assistant secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush.

Proficiency tests have changed — from something that assesses students to something used to punish teachers and schools, said Ravitch. And after a decade of poor results from charter schools, she said, the charter movement and high-stakes testing have proved to be failed national experiments.

Also at the same event, Greg Harris, the Ohio director of the 65,000-member charter-school advocacy group StudentsFirst

...charters were supposed to provide an experiment in innovation, and though many have failed, many others are working.

“The parents are making these choices” to go to charters, Harris said. “These are parents from high-poverty backgrounds who are making major sacrifices to get their kids out of failing schools.

“We agree with her that bad charter schools should be closed, but why close good ones?”

Parents are often steered into these choices by corporate education reformers and their boosters, like StudentsFirst, the most ironically named group of all. And when parents aren't being steered into wrong choices, it's because they are using factors other than quality to make their decisions, as we noted in this article.