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October 29, 2015
There was a full house at the West Clermont Public School Advocacy kickoff meeting, held Oct. 14 in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Center at Glen Este High School.
The meeting was led by West Clermont Local School District Superintendent Keith Kline, who encouraged school staff, parents, students and community members to learn more about the effect that charter schools have on public education.
“As you know, public education has been under fire for a long time now. Funding continues to dwindle, we send more and more of our resources to poorly performing, for-profit charter schools and the entire teaching profession continues to be demeaned,” Kline said in an email.
He added, “While there has been some movement in Columbus around charter school accountability, there are still major issues around funding, evaluation of teachers, the burden of assessments and the destruction of public education as we know it. Enough is enough!”
October 28, 2015
Typical among school districts, about 65 percent of Dublin’s residents don’t have children in the district, say Dublin schools administrators.
So how does a school district keep empty-nesters involved and invested? Feed them, and promise live entertainment.
On Monday, 34 senior citizens gathered at the district’s Central Office at 7030 Coffman Rd. to visit the buffet line, chat with friends and hear what’s going on with their grandchildren’s schools directly from the Dublin administrators.
The Senior Council Advisory Committee, which convenes four times a year, started about seven years ago. At first, the district had to recruit seniors, but soon the group grew by word of mouth.
Superintendent Todd Hoadley said it isn’t directly about passing levies, but “this is like deposits into the bank of good will.”
May 17, 2013
A survey of more than half of Ohio school superintendents revealed, with few exceptions, a wide gap between themselves and legislators regarding what policies will have the most impact.
Fewer than 10 percent of superintendents say new state-issued A-F report cards for districts and individual schools will boost student learning.
And only 1 in 5 believes Ohio’s new third-grade reading guarantee will improve schools. It requires schools to provide assistance to struggling readers and hold back students not reading at grade level by the end of third grade.
More than 80 percent agreed that the new law “imposes unnecessary burdens on most districts that were already doing all they could.”
The superintendents also questioned politicians’ motives.
Nine in 10 said they believe that, “Too often, Ohio’s elected officials make education policy to score political points.”
Terry Ryan, vice president of Ohio policy and programs for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, said the survey, released today, underscores the need for more dialogue between lawmakers who enact the polices and educators who must implement them.
“Reformers have not done a good job of explaining why they’ve done these reforms,” he said.
Fordham conducted the survey with the New York-based FDR Group.
Steve Farkas, of the FDR Group, said superintendents raised several “yellow flags” for lawmakers about potential hazards down the road.
For example, 93 percent of superintendents warned of widespread legal challenges to the use of student progress in the state’s new teacher-evaluation system.
The most highly rated initiative was Common Core standards for math and English-language arts, which have been adopted by Ohio and 44 other states.
More than two-thirds of superintendents said the rigorous curriculum guidelines will improve the education system. Common Core has come under fire recently by conservatives who fear federal intrusion.
However, superintendents cautioned that they face many hurdles preparing for Common Core. They overwhelmingly agreed that with corresponding assessments still not available and not enough computers to administer the online tests, implementation could be delayed.
Farkas said districts seem most supportive of initiatives they have the most say and control over but superintendents also seem a bit overwhelmed.
“Ohio is trying a lot of things, and a lot of things at the same time,” Farkas said.
“There is a little reform fatigue.”
Superintendents of 344 of Ohio’s 614 school districts participated in the survey.
February 15, 2013
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio prosecutor says a school superintendent is under investigation for possible misuse of public resources for political campaigning.
Franklin City Schools Superintendent Arnol Elam wrote a letter to parents urging them to join a campaign to make sure Gov. John Kasich and legislators supporting him aren’t re-elected. Elam is among school officials in some of the state’s poorer districts upset about the Republican governor’s new school funding plan.
Elam says his district’s state funding remains flat, while wealthier neighboring districts get more money.
Warren County prosecutor David Fornshell says Elam might have crossed a legal line by using school resources for campaign purposes. Elam tells The Dayton Daily News his purpose was informative, not political.
Ohio’s Democratic Party blasted the Republican prosecutor’s move as intimidation.