Sunday, July 26, 2009

Here's the makeup of the new Ohio School Funding Advisory Council. Remember, all these folks are in it for the kids.

The Council is to be comprised of 28 members:

  • 3 state employees--Governor, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents
  • 10 associated with public K-12 education
  • 1 associated with higher education
  • 4 associated with charter schools
  • 1 representing the business community
  • 1 representing a philanthropic organization
  • 1 associated with early childhood education
  • 1 representing chartered non public schools
  • 1 representing the Ohio Academy of Sciences
  • 1 representing the general public
  • 4 appointed at large

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

...and how much do want to bet that the seemingly reliable appointees are in the pocket of the state, too?
- 1 representing the business community (likely has contracts with the state)
- 1 representing a philanthropic organization (more likely than not it's a left-wing trust--80% of them are)
- 1 representing chartered non public schools (likely to not make waves with the Guv lest more funding be cut for charter schools)
- 1 representing the Ohio Academy of Sciences (another organization that feeds from the government trough--billions in grants for global warming studies, anyone?)
- 1 representing the general public (connected, somehow--no doubt--to a "citizens action group", like Ohio Fair Schools Campaign or one of the other activist groups)
- 4 appointed at large (see above)

Paul said...

I'm slogging my way through the new funding bill. One thing that caught me attention is the "Ohio Education Challenge Factor" which functions like a big fine-tuning knob for the whole PASS process. It's a number expressed to six decimal digits which supposedly captures how well off a district may be.

But it looks a lot like a number you could get in a Microsoft Excel goal-seek exercise, in which you say "here's the answer I want, give me a factor that causes it to come out that way."

The calculation of this factor isn't described in the law. Rather the actual factor is listed for each school district.

Definitely fishy...

Jim Fedako said...

Paul,

I agree. I posted on the differences between the ODE and Taxations tax effort calculation. It only takes one little tweek to the any calculation to tell the story you want told.

The famous quote is, "If you torture data long enough, it will admit to anything."