Ohio 2012 School Report Cards (take 2?)

From what’s been written, these are preliminary. It still hinges on the final outcome of the investigation by the Auditor’s Office, but from that article it will remain politically charged regardless. The issuance was done to provide information for those districts with levies on the ballot. The spreadsheet of all Ohio Schools reported is here: 2012 Ohio School Report cards, but I’ve included a quick snapshot of Clermont County below. Continue reading

Canary in a Coal Minnesota

This crossed the desk this evening, and thought it interesting. What is going on in Minnesota, because apparently you need a license to learn for free? The links in the article by The Foundry may be better written, but it seems interesting that furthering knowledge would be the goal of an educational institution. These courses are provided by competitors and for free, but it not only stifles the internet, it poses the question of who “owns” knowledge? Regardless of whether or not it’s the law, the slippery slope is how education as an industry is fighting to keep hold on the market share and careers from every angle. As the Forbes article describes: Continue reading

Supersize My Superintendent's Pay!

I didn’t write the article, but I was interviewed for it. The author has a handle on the issue and I believe she understands my position. However, is this a non-starter when it comes to saving money? There are a number of arguments to be made in both directions, but I think my statement holds true. In a good economy, and in schools where everyone is learning at an acceptable rate, no one bats an eye is Joe (or Jane) Superintendent makes good money. Is your kid safe? Charting a course for advanced studies or has an angle on the career path once all the Pomp and Circumstance is over? Is the ACT average score less like a learners permit and more like car rental age? What else can you ask for? Continue reading

Supersize My Superintendent’s Pay!

I didn’t write the article, but I was interviewed for it. The author has a handle on the issue and I believe she understands my position. However, is this a non-starter when it comes to saving money? There are a number of arguments to be made in both directions, but I think my statement holds true. In a good economy, and in schools where everyone is learning at an acceptable rate, no one bats an eye is Joe (or Jane) Superintendent makes good money. Is your kid safe? Charting a course for advanced studies or has an angle on the career path once all the Pomp and Circumstance is over? Is the ACT average score less like a learners permit and more like car rental age? What else can you ask for? Continue reading

Goshen School Board Meeting Oct 8, 2012

It seems the community  is seeking to have a huge Christmas this year, and looking for participation in all areas! GO Goshen.  Goshen is advising parents to begin preparing their children and budgets for college as early as the 6th grade. SB member George Rise is helping students with ACT and SAT’s to prepare them for college. This will help Goshen students when they apply to colleges and hopefully won’t need to take remedial courses. We could use George’s input to answer the question of how ready are the students when they come to him, and if not then how to do tweak things so they will be  in the near future. Should ACT and SAT test results be on a state’s report card for the school? Employers would like to see more students take these tests. I would like to see a current ACT and SAT test to see that they are good basic education tests,  and not  injected with political programming. In case of the later we need to take that to the State BOE and get them cleaned up. On another subject has the number of teachers and helpers increased to an unaffordable level for the taxpayers, with all the testing and help being applied to meet federal standards? Continue reading

Guest Column: What's In A Number?

(Editor’s Note: Andrea Brady is a School Board Member of Milford Exempted School District and frequent commenter on this site. As a widely read news source, we strive to provide different points of view on the status of public education in our county and nation. Ms. Brady is one of the few, if not the only, School Board Members in Clermont County to blog about what is going on in her own district and give a chance for constituents to give public feedback on her service and voting record. I’ve offered Ms. Brady the opportunity to expand upon the numbers provided in a recent post on SCS, and fill in some of the background of how her district’s numbers may not be what they appear at first glance. This article is unedited and appears in its entirety. Getting behind the numbers is important, and feel free to comment on the content directly to Ms. Brady in the article or visit her site, http://andreabrady.wordpress.com/. ) Continue reading

Guest Column: What’s In A Number?

(Editor’s Note: Andrea Brady is a School Board Member of Milford Exempted School District and frequent commenter on this site. As a widely read news source, we strive to provide different points of view on the status of public education in our county and nation. Ms. Brady is one of the few, if not the only, School Board Members in Clermont County to blog about what is going on in her own district and give a chance for constituents to give public feedback on her service and voting record. I’ve offered Ms. Brady the opportunity to expand upon the numbers provided in a recent post on SCS, and fill in some of the background of how her district’s numbers may not be what they appear at first glance. This article is unedited and appears in its entirety. Getting behind the numbers is important, and feel free to comment on the content directly to Ms. Brady in the article or visit her site, http://andreabrady.wordpress.com/. ) Continue reading

Food Fight-Students Take A Stand (Ends 10-12-12)

It’s not what you think. No mass hysteria and flying projectiles interrupting a school day, but there is a bit on controversy nationally on the changes to school lunches. Yes, the number of free and reduced lunches being served is growing with the economy on life support. Even from what was reported here way back in 2011. But the recent turmoil stems from what is being served, and apparently the kids (and many parents) don’t like it. It’s national, as you can read here. The few kids I spoke to locally and in a few other states provided the same feedback. Continue reading

Where's Waldo?

I’m on limited time, so these are not as well constructed as I’d like, but I wanted to get it out there before it leaves my radar. There is a new component to education starting next school year, that will increase reading standards and reading assistance in the hopes that all kids read proficiently by third grade. Those students not achieving will be given additional tutoring and resources in order to bridge the learning gap, and if they do not achieve they may have to repeat grades in order to master the discipline of reading. Continue reading

Where’s Waldo?

I’m on limited time, so these are not as well constructed as I’d like, but I wanted to get it out there before it leaves my radar. There is a new component to education starting next school year, that will increase reading standards and reading assistance in the hopes that all kids read proficiently by third grade. Those students not achieving will be given additional tutoring and resources in order to bridge the learning gap, and if they do not achieve they may have to repeat grades in order to master the discipline of reading. Continue reading