Mayor Michael Coleman’s Columbus Education Commission, which was formed with the stated mission to “examine the challenges and opportunities facing all children living within the Columbus City Schools district“, now faces its own challenge from the Ohio AFL-CIO on behalf of Columbus’s classified union members. The Commission, whose actions have been unfavorably compared to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s “Cleveland Plan” process from last year, has been working in relative quiet up until this point.
In response to discussions about privatizing services during the Commission’s meetings, the AFL-CIO adopted a resolution supporting the local oversight of public [...]Full Story... →
Hear ye, hear ye! The Governor has spoken (through the Kasich/Taylor for Ohio website, anyway). Governor Kasich has announced a “Virtual Town Hall” this Thursday night and he wants your questions. Well, not YOUR questions exactly, but the questions of those like-minded individuals who receive campaign updates through his candidate website (protected from certain public records laws, by the way). And by Virtual Town Hall, we assume it’s like a town hall, but one in which he will only discuss his talking points, not those of the “town”.
See Kasich’s invitation below and head out to his Facebook page and [...]Full Story... →
Last summer, Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost launched a statewide investigation into alleged questionable attendance practices by schools and districts across Ohio. Auditor Yost confidently announced that the investigation would be completed rapidly, initially believing his full report would be ready in early Autumn so as to not disrupt the 2012-2013 school year unnecessarily. Yost’s hubris about his knowledge of the situation and his personal ability to understand such a complex system ultimately left him grasping at straws and struggling to bring any structure to the investigation, leaving any conclusive findings blowing in the wind for months.
Today, Yost’s [...]Full Story... →
Late yesterday, Joe Vardon of the Dispatch first reported on statements made by John Kasich regarding his two-years-late school funding plan. According to Vardon’s updated article this morning, Kasich wants to “allow” school districts to design pay-for-performance systems to compensate teachers for higher student test performance.
Sound familiar? Sure, a variety of performance pay was a component of 2011′s Senate Bill 5 that was repealed by voters, but more importantly, performance pay systems were actually mandated for many school districts via the adoption of House Bill 153 during that same summer of 2011. The changes were enacted [...]Full Story... →
The notion of putting guns in the hands of teachers and other school personnel as a means to fight gun violence is quickly gaining traction across the country. The idea of fighting the danger of guns in schools by putting even more guns in schools by arming the staff members provides a blueprint that we can use to work to solve all of the problems plaguing American schools today.
Many different methods have been tried in schools to try to battle the dilemma of teenagers engaging in sex and and young girls getting pregnant as a result. Increasing [...]Full Story... →
Among the various contributors on Plunderbund, we don’t always agree on every issue. A significant and timely issue that we have diverse opinions on is gun control. Occasionally we will engage in heated, but respectful debates on the issue, and I admit that it is nice to have a forum in which we can do so.
Whatever. It doesn’t really matter anymore because this anti-gun post is completely irrelevant in America today.
I can write all I want about our need to eliminate the tools of execution used in the massacre of twenty small children caught innocently in the safe haven of [...]Full Story... →
At the request of Governor Kasich, Michelle Rhee’s pro-charter school organization, Students First, will be presenting to members of Ohio’s House and Senate today during their respective Finance Committee meetings (9:00 & 3:00, respectively). While we might initially expect Rhee’s group to be talking to the education committee, the fact that they are discussing “Public Education Reform” clearly identifies the reason for their invitation to present — the next state budget and a school funding model (two years overdue…).
Rhee is best known as starting out in Teach for America before her meteoric rise as the [...]Full Story... →
State Representative Andrew Brenner announced on Twitter this week that he plans to pass legislation in next year that would expand the ability of parents to “takeover” a school to all of Ohio. Currently, this dramatic option is limited to implementation in the Columbus City School District through legislation Brenner helped adopt in 2011 (see Ohio Revised Code 3302.042).
We wrote about that legislation when it was initiated by the Ohio House back then, explaining how unlikely it is to ever take place as the requirements are necessarily strict in order to [...]Full Story... →
Those were the final words of a key education reformer last week, yet they received no press when they occurred as part of a speech here in Ohio. Consider for a moment the ramification of such a statement and the speaker:
To those of you who are parents, how would you respond if you were told this by your child’s teacher during a parent conference in response to concern’s about you son or daughter’s academic future?
If President Obama uttered such a phrase that spoke of imposing limits on the capability of our children, how would media and the public [...]Full Story... →
The Ohio House Education Committee reconvened last evening with the introduction of the latest version (sub bill) of an education reform bill from Governor Kasich’s office, House Bill 555. The bill was introduced by Committee Chair, Gerald Stebelton who, as sponsor and chair, had to step down to the podium and turn his seat over to Mike Dovilla.
Sub House Bill 555 primarily focuses on revising the method for grading schools and districts, but when Stebelton completed his prepared remarks, committee members from both parties launched into a series of questions about a piece of the legislation not [...]Full Story... →
The House Education Committee meets tonight for the first of numerous lame-duck gatherings with the key piece of legislation being the creation of a new (old-school) grading system for schools across the state that was mandated by the General Assembly last spring. Parents and educators across the state have some reason to be optimistic that this legislation might end up less horrible now that a former teacher has been appointed as the Ranking Minority Member on the Education Committee, representing progressive educational interests.
Representative Nickie Antonio (D), already a voice of reason on the committee, will [...]Full Story... →