It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves
Dispute is plentiful over ways to repair state education department

Lawmakers and educators don't contest state Auditor Dave Yost's scathing assessment of the Department of Education as "the worst-run state company."

But they aren't rather sure exactly what to do about it.

Lots of hope new state schools Superintendent Paolo DeMaria, who begins in July, will right the ship.

You require a department that the field believes, that the public has faith in. We don t have that now, said Darold Johnson, legal director for the Ohio Federation of Teachers.

Over the last few years, the Department of Education has been afflicted by consistent change. DeMaria will be the 4th superintendent in 5 years. Throughout that time, the firm has carried out new student evaluations, state report cards, instructor evaluations, charter-school oversight and other efforts from the guv and the General Assembly, but high turnover and understaffing have actually provided challenges.

" The department bleeds skill," one former staff member observed.

" They are spread all over the location," said another about the department's far-flung duties Provigil vs Adderall. "One floor is working on evaluations, on another it's transportation and there, it's (examining problems versus) instructors."

State board member Mike Collins acknowledges the issues but said it's early to spread the department's tasks to other locations of federal government.

" We must offer new leadership a chance to review the department. Paolo will determine what we have and exactly what we need," Collins stated.

State groups representing school boards, superintendents and treasurers agree there are issues, but they do not wish to see the type of wholesale modifications that Yost recommended last week. The auditor questioned whether the department ought to be involved in school funding, argued that it has contrasting responsibilities as both advocate and regulator and noted the state's EMIS education-data system is a "mess" and needs to be moved to a firm with more proficiency.

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
Quality in Education awards provided

The 2016 Of the Years were announced recently at the yearly Excellence in Education awards program and reception sponsored in part by the Education Foundation Inc. of Caldwell County.

This year’s winners are Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Jurney, Granite Falls Elementary; Bus Driver of the Year, Jerry Henthorne, Hibriten High School; Assistant Principal of the Year, Julie Hall, South Caldwell High School; Rookie Teacher of the Year, Matthew Ross, Gamewell Middle; Associate of the Year, Laura Starnes, Dudley Shoals Elementary; Principal of the Year, Chad Smith, Happy Valley School; Instructional Assistant of the Year, George Wilson, William Lenoir Middle; and Instructional/Student Support Employee, Yvonne Smith, West Lenoir Elementary and Gamewell Middle School.

This time of year we commemorate the success of the school system, stated Caryl Burns, associate superintendent of curriculum services. It’s challenging to obtain everyone in the district in one location, so we have actually chosen some of the best amongst us. For those who are granted tonight, it will be something you will keep in mind for the rest of your life.

Winners and presenters danced throughout the phase in bell-bottoms, tie-dye shirts, and go-go boots. The theme for the night was a flashback to years previous: An Old School Reunion: Reviving the Style of the 70s. Most of the 135 nominees and visitors in the audience dressed in 1970s fashion and enjoyed the background sounds of old familiar tunes throughout the reception held at the JE Broyhill Civic.

Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge.
Raising the Bar progress report discovers Suffolk has actually surpassed key nationwide education requirements

The current assessment of education in the county comes just 6 months before every school should be ranked good or exceptional by Ofsted, in an enduring pledge made by Suffolk’s education chiefs.

Suffolk County Council (SCC) revealed in April that 4 from 5 schools fall under those classifications.

And in a brand-new Raising the Bar progress report, due to be gone over at an Education and Children’s Services analysis committee conference at SCC next week, validated performance statistics offered a boost to that passion.