How Not To Engage In School Reform

This topic has been addressed in many forms, but it’s relevant in more than one way. With the public school system having a myriad of issues to tackle going forward, alternatives are a good thing. At least most of the time. Those engaging in reform would do well to not replicate the mistakes that have been made already. However, Channel 9 reported this local charter school goes much farther and bolder than anyone could imagine. (Thanks to Tricia for the heads up). Continue reading

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Commentary: Building A Sense Of Community In West Clermont

(Editor’s Note: This is a commentary on West Clermont Schools by community member John McGraw. The piece is published in its entirety, with only two small spelling and formatting changes. If you have an article you wish to publish, please send to scschools@yahoo.com)

On November 6th, West Clermont voters overwhelmingly voted down the operating levy placed on the ballot by the West Clermont School Board.  Einstein’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. The definition of foolishness is not knowing the definition of insanity. I am very disappointed for the children of the district and for my own kids who attend West Clermont Schools.  Continue reading

Commentary: West Clermont Levy Failure A Failure of Leadership?

(Editor’s Note: This is a commentary on West Clermont Schools by community member Stuart Kennedy. The piece is unedited except for two small spelling changes and has been published in its entirety. If you have an article you wish to publish, send an email to scschools@yahoo.com.)

 

The West Clermont School Levy failed to pass by a 60/40 vote.  This was no surprise since the prior two 7.9 mill levies also failed by a 60/40 vote.  The school board met the day after the election to discuss their options to handle the over $2,000,000 deficit this school year and the projected $6,000,000 deficit next year. Continue reading

Weighing A School Levy

Burnt out. Tired. Ready to move on. Elections are both the end of a cycle, and the beginning of a new one. Those that have closure, may move on with the implementation of a plan and will be judged on the results in the future. Those that fail or fall short, can regroup and discover the humility that goes along with not meeting the intended goal. Admit the defeat, but the decision ahead is whether to double down for next time, or to view the results as a turning point. That’s the job of leaders. This editorial in the Columbus Dispatch was published before the election, but it is perhaps more relevant after the fact and deserves a second look. Continue reading

Election Night Is Here

Post your comments regarding the three levies on the ballot: Batavia, Milford and West Clermont. Up or down, keep it on topic and what your thoughts are going forward for these districts. If you researched and voted, awesome. If you didn’t and voted, read up as much as you can the next time around. If you didn’t vote…why?

The summary report from the County should be here, but if not I will update the link.

UPDATE: At 8:51, all three districts are down with less than 1/3 of the votes counted. Milford is closest to passing, at 46-54%.

UPDATE: 9:15, over 50% of precincts reporting, and all three districts are on the wrong end of the vote.

UPDATE: Batavia squeaks by, with just a few dozen votes.  Milford fails by just over 300 votes. WC fails by almost 6000 votes.

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

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