Posts by: Greg

John Kasich released his first 2014 campaign commercial on Tuesday called “Deliver”.  The 60-second ad has been running on TV across Ohio over the past week and can be found on Youtube (see below).  I’ve watched it numerous times over the past few days and it has me completely stumped.

John Kasich is the sitting Governor and should be making a case for why Ohioans should be re-electing him, right? Given that starting position, shouldn’t he start by beginning to share all of the positive things he’s done for the state during his first term?  Think about it this way [...]

Full Story...

House Bill 487 contains all of the education related components of John Kasich’s recent budget bill and was adopted by the Ohio House this week after being amended by the House Education Committee.  One of the amendments added by the committee that has not received any press is a proposed change in the way value-added results would be calculated and graded on school and district report cards.

The exact text of the bill is included below.  The underlined text is what has been added and the text that has been crossed out is what is proposed to be [...]

Full Story...

Shortly after Governor Kasich introduced his latest budget bill a few weeks ago (HB472), it was split up into a series of different bills that addressed different topics and was distributed to the appropriate House committees. The education components were written up as House Bill 487 and sent to the House Education Committee. Last week, that bill quietly passed out of the committee (and is expected to be considered by the full House on April 9) with a variety of small changes and with one very significant addition.

House Bill 487 would require every student attending a private [...]

Full Story...

When 2011 began, I was “just a teacher.”  I was new to Facebook, did not have a Twitter account, and had virtually no interest in the political scene.  That changed swiftly with the introduction of Senate Bill 5 and I can now scarcely remember what my life was like before then.  While today marks the 3rd year anniversary of the signing of that harmful, divisive law, the truth is that Senate Bill 5 has changed my life dramatically in ways that I would never have imagined and that I never want to forget.

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their [...]

Full Story...

Senate Bill 229, the bill designed to provide reasonable changes to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES), passed unanimously through the Ohio Senate back in December.  Today, a substitute version of the bill was introduced in the House Education Committee that completely overhauled the existing version of the legislation.  The version of SB 229 that we have been reporting on is no longer recognizable in the new House version.

The full text of the new SB229 isn’t available in its entirety, but we have obtained a document from the Legislative Service Commission that details the many modifications introduced [...]

Full Story...

Ohio Senate Bill 229, a bill designed to modify the new teacher evaluation system in Ohio, has finally made it back to the agenda of the House Education Committee. Despite passing 33-0 in the Ohio Senate in early December and being assigned to the House Education Committee on December 10, Chairman Gerald Stebelton delayed bringing it to his committee for consideration until February 12.

Now, six weeks later, the bill has slowly crept back on the agenda for the March 26 committee meeting.  According to the Education Committee notice, the bill will still not be up for a vote [...]

Full Story...

Ohio’s leading legislator in implementing education reforms, who I have frequently urged you to contact about needed changes to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee law, has stopped listening to constituents.  Senator Peggy Lehner, chair of the Senate Education Committee appeared on 10tv’s Capitol Square program last Sunday and clearly stated that she is firmly behind the law as it has been enacted, especially the mandatory retention component that will hold back any third grader who doesn’t achieve the arbitrary cut score on Ohio’s standardized reading assessment this Spring.

Said Lehner, after stating that neither the state nor school districts [...]

Full Story...

This is the story* of two third grade boys, Brady and Nick.  The two 8-year old boys are neighbors and best friends living in Columbus in a fairly typical north-side neighborhood.  As it so happens, the boys even share the same birthday — August 22, 2005 — and up until this year they attended the same school, Valley Forge Elementary, in the Columbus City School District.

At the end of last school year, Nick’s parents applied for and were granted an EdChoice voucher to send Nick to a private school.  They chose to use the taxpayer-funded voucher ($4,250) [...]

Full Story...

When Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee law was passed, it required that the State Board of Education set the “cut score” that third graders would have to reach on Ohio’s standardized reading test in order to be eligible to advance to fourth grade.  This decision was made on a single day — September 11, 2012 — during their regular business meeting after hearing a presentation by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

During that presentation, Michael Sawyers, acting State Superintendent, and Sasheen Phillips, ODE Senior Executive Director of Curriculum and Assessment presented to the State Board with their recommendations.  In that [...]

Full Story...

Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee law is based off of a law in Florida that has been in place for many years.  In Florida, a student must reach a certain level on their state test, the FCAT 2.0, in order to avoid being retained in third grade.  As in Ohio, there are a variety of exceptions for English Language Learners and special education students.  Florida has supposedly had a great deal of success with their law and individuals from the Florida Department of Education even testified in Ohio when the legislation was under consideration in the General Assembly.

Let’s take [...]

Full Story...

It is common for those critical of education in America to link a teacher’s contractual schedule to their actual work and claim that teaching is a part-time job.  In Ohio, the right-wing think tank Buckeye Institute has been doing this as they miscalculate the pay of teachers and post it online, and they reiterated their stance as part of their 15 Myths about Collective Bargaining Reform and Senate Bill 5 (myth #14).  Let’s spend a little time discussing the absurd notion that teachers don’t put in considerably more hours than their contract requires.

The myth as the Buckeye Institute presented it [...]

Full Story...

Looking for something?

Use the form below to search the site:


Still not finding what you're looking for? Drop a comment on a post or contact us so we can take care of it!