Apples have been set on the students’ heads, and the ‘archers’ are yelling “Be still—our accuracy is arbitrarily set!” What could possibly go wrong?
Ohio BATs recently chose very intentionally to laser–focus lobbying efforts towards securing a safe harbor for the graduating class of 2018. Our efforts set two Senators into motion to write language into the budget bill demanding a one-time-exception for those with a specific set of high stakes being attached to the receiving of high school diplomas, since the PARCC testing was a one-year-failed-experiment. Our demands were quickly voted out. A set of extra criteria, developed for those striving to ‘walk with their class’ were inserted instead. Amazingly, those extra graduation requirements remained in the budget bill. They somehow missed the sword swipes of Governor Kasich’s veto powers.
Ohio BATs will NOT be celebrating the fact that they remained. We are tired of crying out for the freshest of bread loaves for the children and receiving some kind of paltry moldy crumb sprinklings. There is this wrong notion circulating that you can only ask for what you think you might possibly be given, and even then you should be prepared to be haggled down to even a lesser amount. The power remains with those abusing the power. The oppressed keep their heads bowed and eyes on the ground, acquiescing by profusely thanking those in charge for the tiny appeasements. Those “reforming education” and being motivated by dark monies are artists at keeping with their profit-seeking agendas, and then appearing or acting as though they care for the peasantry by occasionally letting the people think they are getting what they want. This groveling game is growing tiresome and is unbecoming of the what these primary stakeholders more than deserve.
WE, Ohio BATs and others, are not done yet! WE are going to demand a study be done on how this list of extra things the hopeful and stressed out seniors can try and do, will actually impact the kids that still don’t have the points! The study will include data from the spring tests too, (like they did last time). Head’s up! Stop settling!
Time is NOT on our side. The next State Board meeting is Tuesday, July 11th. Please email each of the Board members and voice your concerns that the graduation requirement list for 2018 does not go far enough to help ALL of those families who will now not know until nearly the last few weeks of school, if their students will graduate or not. This is not a game. This is not time for politicking or partisanship. These children were wronged and the wrong needs righted.
Matt Jablonski’s email: http://testingwindow.blogspot.com/2017/07/graduation-problem-it-ain-over-it-over.html
Linda Haycock Linda.Haycock@education.ohio.gov (419) 979-6438
Kathleen A. McGervey Kathleen.McGervey@education.ohio.gov (440) 669-0780
Charlotte McGuire Charlotte.McGuire@education.ohio.gov no ph. #
Pat Bruns Pat.Bruns@education.ohio.gov (513) 310-8953
Lisa Woods Lisa.Woods@education.ohio.gov (330) 410-6733
Antoinette Miranda Antoinette.Miranda@education.ohio.gov (614) 565-7926
Sarah Fowler Sarah.Fowler@education.ohio.gov (440) 563-8535
Nancy P. Hollister (VP) Nancy.Hollister@education.ohio.gov (740) 373-6523
Stephanie Dodd Stephanie.Dodd@education.ohio.gov (740) 629-1333
Nick Owens Nick.Owens@education.ohio.gov (513) 706-2634
Meryl Johnson Meryl.Johnson@education.ohio.gov (216) 561-1396
Tess Elshoff (Pres) ElshoffTess@education.ohio.gov (419) 753-2583
Cathye Flory Cathye.Flory@education.ohio.gov (740) 603-6365
Joseph L. Farmer Joe.Farmer@education.ohio.gov (740) 862- 8649
Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings Rebecca.Vazquez-Skillings@education.ohio.gov
Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings (614) 256- 9317
Martha Manchester Martha.Manchester@education.ohio.gov (419) 303-2672
Eric Poklar Eric.Poklar@education.ohio.gov (614) 519-5526
Kara Morgan Kara.Morgan@education.ohio.gov (202) 297-4555
Laura Kohler Laura.Kohler@education.ohio.gov (614) 425-0183