Why support OSBLC?

This article is designed to answer that very question for not only school board members, but citizens as well. Over the next several months, we are going to highlight various differences between our organization and the more well known OSBA (Ohio School Boards Association). For now, we will focus on three areas that truly define our differences. One major difference …

Common Core Field Test

Is your district part of the field test for the new Common Core assessments?  The following article not only obtains great detail about the field test, but once you finish the story, you will find a database of all schools participating in field testing this spring.  Two key points form the story are that kids won’t be scored and about …

Spotlight Spring Edition

OSBLC recently released our first newsletter called Spotlight.  The spring edition is filled with information on topics like common core and levy results.  Below is a feature of the newsletter to keep you informed about the relevant legislation being debated in Columbus. Subscribe to our email list to make sure you receive the summer edition of Spotlight. Legislation we are …

Common Core Summit!

“Curriculum Matters” July 10th, 2014 Make plans to attend this special meeting on common core.  The focus of this event is to educate all attending on the status of common core in Ohio and introduce curriculum options to those interested in alternatives to common core.  Also, guest will include members from the Germantown School District in Wisconsin which chose to opt out …

Ohio Education Association names OSBLC an enemy

February 19, 2014 The Ohio Education Association, Ohio’s largest teachers union, has named the Ohio School Boards Leadership Council to its “enemies” list. In a recent state-wide conference OEA offers sessions to help teachers identify their enemies and discussed how to “deal” with them. Another OEA enemy, the 1851 Center For Constitutional Law put it this way. Equally disturbing, the other …

Common Core is on the ropes in many states

Both New York and Kentucky have tested their kids statewide on the Common Core standards and have fully implemented the new curriculum in the classroom. Why are these two states deciding they are not satisfied with Common Core? In New York, the kids tested poorly with only 35% passing the assessment. The Board of Regents announced several changes in how …

The voters of Maine may soon say yes or no to Common Core

Two grassroots groups in the state of Maine have been collecting signatures for months in an attempt to allow a common core initiative to be placed on the November 2014 statewide ballot.   This is believed to be the only state currently attempting this.  Most other states are trying to lobby their legislators to repeal common core.  The state requires …

Calamity Day law could be saving grace in future winters

Last summer, Ohio passed legislation that allows school compliance to be based on hours in the classroom rather than days completed.  Currently, each public school district is required to schedule 182 days of instruction and are allowed 5 snow or calamity days without penalty.   Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, schools will be able to use a system that …

How transparent is your school board?

With over 700 school districts across Ohio and the growth of the internet, it should be easy to find districts that provide contact information, agendas and minutes of meetings and maybe even provide audio or video footage of their meetings.  Last year our organization contacted hundreds of districts and found that many did not even list an email or phone …