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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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

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

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

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

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

A Thought About School IssuesThis Fall

As the school year inches closer, the rhetoric over impending election issues will begin to ramp up. There are a couple of issues that schools will face in the coming election. Redistricting and the levies put on by Batavia, Milford and West Clermont. After the jump is some additional background on the issues that face our educators and our schools. Continue reading

Urgent! New Alternative To Ohio School Board Association

A few of the people involved with this group have been either profiled or reblogged here before. For those who follow this site, you may have read about OSBA, typically in a negative fashion. Why is that? Perhaps this article may shed some light on that, courtesy of EAGnews.org. The district may have to follow the state and federal law, but even some educators think No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and other state are either counterproductive or not effective. How are school boards to lead when the tools given them are faulty, and the training they are given is more of a benefit to adults than to children? Continue reading