Education Turning Plaid

There are great teachers out there [watch the video from the article here]. Plenty of them. Why then does our education system fail in the general sense to produce students prepared for life beyond classroom? For months the “Where’s Waldo” mantra of this site has been extremely critical of parents not being involved in their children’s education and understanding exactly what is being delivered as the final product. Most are happy if their children get A’s and B’s, is well-behaved and is socially accepted by their peers. Continue reading

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West Clermont Update: Nov-Dec 2012

Following a third levy defeat of the 60-40% variety, West Clermont has much to ponder going forward. The community continues to be fractured along many lines, and it was on display at this month’s board meetings. The district will be borrowing from future revenues in order to maintain its current service levels, and will have to make cuts or concessions in 2013. Continue reading

Buckeye Institute Weighs In On Levies

Clermont County has three levies on the ballot, all different in size and scope. Milford, Batavia and West Clermont residents have received a lot of information from different sources regarding these ballot initiatives. This brief by Greg Lawson is another piece of information to weigh (or not) while thinking about Ohio Schools and funding problems. Continue reading

New Richmond Is Shrinking

The latest release of the 2012 School Report Cards is not the end of the road, but there are some interesting bits of information to gather from them. There has been debate about the accuracy and overall validity of these measuring sticks at this site, but also from the entity that puts them out. That’s not the focus of this article, as it will be brought up in the near future. Instead it’s the enormous drop in enrollment in New Richmond Schools. 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

Ohio School Funding Blues Reprise

With the number of levies on the ballot in Clermont County and the number of comments lamenting the school funding model in our state increasing by the day, I thought I needed to rehash the argument. One of the people I respect most when it comes to school issues is Paul Lambert, School Board Member -Hilliard Schools. If there ever was a person who can explain a concept or make an argument without coming across as arrogant or out of touch, it’s Paul. Continue reading

The Cost of Education: Beauty Is In The Eye of The Checkholder

Below is some interesting information taken from the website Opportunity Ohio’s database, which uses the ODE numbers, regarding Clermont County Schools. For sake of space, I listed only those districts who are on the ballot this November, but this can be done by any school in the state with a little time and a spreadsheet. Would love any comments to what this means to you from whatever perspective you come from. (editors note: thanks to those who compiled the information) Continue reading

Public Education's Not So Excellent Adventure

With apologies to both Bill and Ted for the title, what education needs is a little math lesson to go with the history of information accumulated here. According to a Redstate article (yes, it’s not a neutral site), we are getting less out of our education dollars than other countries. Those countries spend a lot less to educate their population, and yet we continue to beat around the bush to this  problem. More money does not equal better outcomes.

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Public Education’s Not So Excellent Adventure

With apologies to both Bill and Ted for the title, what education needs is a little math lesson to go with the history of information accumulated here. According to a Redstate article (yes, it’s not a neutral site), we are getting less out of our education dollars than other countries. Those countries spend a lot less to educate their population, and yet we continue to beat around the bush to this  problem. More money does not equal better outcomes.

Continue reading