Education News for 01-29-2013

State Education News

  • Ohio business leaders urge education reform (Canton Repository)
  • A group of major Ohio business leaders is urging Gov. John Kasich to push hard on educational changes…Read more...

  • Bucknell inflated its SAT scores (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Bucknell University has disclosed that for several years it reported inflated SAT scores for incoming freshmen, making the private liberal-arts school in Pennsylvania…Read more...

  • Ohio Governor John Kasich sets online 'town hall' on education (WEWS)
  • Ohio's governor is planning an online "town hall" session…Read more...

Local Education News

  • County Commissioners OK part-time deputies for schools (Chillicothe Gazette)
  • Within two weeks, a pair of Ross County sheriff’s deputies will begin making their rounds of the county’s schools…Read more...

  • Defeating the math monster (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • The move to high school isn’t just for ninth-graders anymore. Next year, in an effort to bolster academics – especially math – Cincinnati Public Schools will expand all of its high schools to house grades 7-12 instead of the 9-12 model…Read more...

  • Girl’s suicide spurs second-guessing (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Hailey Petee hated her glasses, the ones with lenses so thick that they distorted the look of her pretty blue-gray eyes…Read more...

  • Centerville to make $2.6M in cuts (Dayton Daily News)
  • Centerville City Schools, which saw its November levy fail by less than a percentage point, approved on Monday night $2.6 million in cuts from its budget next school year…Read more...

  • Delaware County Schools Considering Changes To Safety Policies (WBNS)
  • The Delaware City Schools Board of Education plans to join with city council Monday night to host an annual meeting. One of the topics will be school safety…Read more...

  • Jurors in T.J. Lane Chardon shooting case to be sequestered (Willoughby News Herald)
  • Jurors selected in the Thomas Lane III aggravated murder trial will be sequestered during deliberations, Geauga County Common Pleas Judge David L. Fuhry ruled in an opinion made public Monday…Read more...

  • Group calls board member’s comments racist (Youngstown Vindicator)
  • A community group is taking offense at what it calls “racist” comments made by a veteran city school board member and threatens sanctions if the school board doesn’t take corrective action…Read more...


  • Put the money on early education (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • I was watching a gymnastics competition on television, admiring the strength of those tight and incredibly lithe bodies when something caught my ear from the chatter of the commentators…Read more...

  • Unfunded guarantee (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • On Thursday, John Kasich plans to unveil his proposal for revamping the way the state pays for public schools. He will be the fourth governor to take a stab at the problem since the Ohio Supreme Court found the funding formula…Read more...

  • Ohio school board member's Facebook fiasco warrants an apology (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • Gov. John Kasich ought not to fire Debe Terhar, president of the State Board of Education, despite her offensive Facebook posting quoting…Read more...

  • A lesson on life (Toledo Blade)
  • Usually, teachers teach and students learn in a classroom. But kids can also teach adults a thing or two. Take Perrysburg Junior High School seventh-grader Michael Skotynsky…Read more...

  • Liberty plan has already been charted (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
  • A local state audit that showed a $12,720 overpayment to former Liberty schools treasurer Tracey Obermiyer is peanuts…Read more...

Nationally televised "Teacher Town Hall"

There will be a nationally televised "Teacher Town Hall" broadcast live on MSNBC from noon until 2:00 p.m., September 25, 2011.

Brian Williams (NBC News) will moderate the discussion with help from colleagues who will take questions from the audience in Rockefeller Plaza, NYC, and moderate and report an online conversation with teachers across the country

The program is billed as “for and about teachers” with a focus on the challenges and opportunities facing America's teachers, as well as examples of exemplary teaching from schools across the country.

Teachers may join the conversation online and in a live chat during the Teacher Town Hall, by logging in at:

Note to teachers: Thanks for loving our kids

Dear Teachers,

This is the first of much correspondence you'll receive from us this year.

We'll write to beg for an extension on our children's math assignment.

"Soccer practice went late last night and there was no time for homework and we're sure you'll understand because it's Jake's first year in select and it really matters."

We'll scribble a note to ask that you move our sensitive Lucy away from domineering Evelyn - but not near chatty Suzy and as far away as possible from mean Renee.

We will write to remind you of our children's orthodontist appointments, allergy shots, physical therapy sessions for the torn ACL, early dismissals every Thursday so we can get them to ballet classes on the other side of town.

And please note that Aaron will be gone the entire week after Thanksgiving since we couldn't schedule our winter vacation any other time.

We'll email a request for extra science homework for our Anthony, who you'll recall is gifted. But could you lighten up on that weekly vocabulary list? Asking fifth-graders to remember eight definitions every week is just too stressful.

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Is election tampering of SB5 coming to Ohio

Yesterday we read an article detailing some very troubling activity by Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers funded astroturf organization

Americans for Prosperity is sending absentee ballots to Democrats in at least two Wisconsin state Senate recall districts with instructions to return the paperwork after the election date.

The fliers, obtained by POLITICO, ask solidly Democratic voters to return ballots for the Aug. 9 election to the city clerk "before Aug. 11."

Those Wisconsin recall elections are central to the fight against SB5 like measures implemented by Republican Governor Scott Walker. Meanwhile, back in Ohio the Cincinnatti inquirer has a report

Americans for Prosperity-Ohio kicks off a statewide series of Taxpayer Town Halls on August 16th in the Greater Cincinnati Area. AFP-Ohio is partnering with Tea Parties, 9-12 Groups, and other liberty organizations to host these town halls, which will focus on the financial crises many local governments across Ohio are facing, how those crises could affect citizens, jobs and our economy, what local governments can do to address their financial challenges, and how Senate Bill 5 can help.

If anyone attempts to tamper with Ohio elections they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Dublin SB5 Referendum Petition Signing

Invite you to sign the
SB5 Referendum Petition
WEDNESDAY MAY 11 5:30-6:45 p.m
on Coffman Park Drive
(the corner of Coffman Rd and Emerald Pkwy)

Please also consider attending the
Dublin Schools Town Hall Meeting at
Coffman High School
regarding the State Budget
at 7:00 p.m.