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What Makes Teachers Special?

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The Ohio House Education Committee recently voted to remove the minimum pay scale for teachers in Ohio.  With the committee vote completed, this measure now moves to the full house.  If this becomes law, House Bill 343 will make Ohio’s system of public education less stable, less viable, less equitable, and less effective.  In short it is […]

What’s the Big Deal?

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The Ohio State Board of Education has been at the center of controversy and conversation in recent days due to changes it has proposed to Ohio’s 5 of 8 requirement.   Some people are asking, “What’s the big deal?” “Why the outrage and uproar about the proposed changes to 5 of 8?” “Isn’t this just overblown and […]

Double Standardized

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Last year charter schools cost the taxpayers of Springboro $605,000 – money that could have gone to support our own schools, funded gifted and special needs programs, hired additional teachers, or helped pay for arts, sports, and other enhancements. What did we get for our money? Two C rated charter schools, five D rated charter […]

Science Is Not Trivial

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The Ohio House of Representatives is considering changing the way that science is taught in school, as is evidenced in the pending legislation H.B. 597.  As currently written, instead of focusing on providing the children of The Buckeye State with a foundational understanding of the scientific method, legislators are currently proposing that our schools focus […]

Better Education

Springboro Schools

Springboro, Ohio is fortunate to have an excellent school system.  We are consistently ranked among the best school districts in the Dayton region and in the State of Ohio.  We have outstanding teachers, high-performing students, excellent facilities, dedicated staff members, strong administrative leaders, and a board that is focused on supporting the success of the district. […]

The Family That Codes Together, Grows Together

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Do you know how to write code?  Do your kids? Just a few days into 2014, and thought I’d take a moment and share one of the things I’m working on for 2014 – coding.  Over the years, I’ve accumulated  a very basic, patch-work knowledge of things like html, php and css, having messed around […]

In The Direction of Out

Boro Pride

Well, election season is already upon us in Springboro.  With 3 of the 5 school board seats up for vote and the seat of our current school board President up for grabs, the stakes are high and thus the rhetoric has begun. I have been watching with a mix of amusement and sadness as our […]

Free PR Advice

Boro Pride

On the heels of yet another unnecessary controversy created by the Springboro School Board and on the precipice of our next educational leadership fiasco comes word that the school board is seeking to spend tax payer money on a contract with a public relations firm to improve their public image – oh and also preparing […]

Opportunity Cost

Boro Pride

Organizations do not have infinite time, money, or resources, and thus leaders must choose how they invest these things very carefully. Choosing to do one thing means you are simultaneously sacrificing the opportunity to do other things. In accounting this is known as opportunity cost. To make good decisions, leaders should weigh the value of […]

Prove Me Wrong

Boro Pride

I believe that instead of putting Children First, The Springboro School  Board is going to continue to try to focus public attention on tangential political issues designed to shift people’s attention and divide our community. I believe that instead of trusting our teachers and administrators to prepare our kids for the future, The Springboro School […]