The headline for the Columbus Dispatch article reads ‘Enough is enough,’ Coleman says on abysmal report card.  The word “abysmal” was some editorializing on the part of the journalist, of course, as no official was quoted using that particular adjective.

The new Columbus report card isn’t exactly stellar, but I do expect news reports to be a little more objective when reporting the news.  Officials quoted in the article described the new grades as follows:

“We as a community have failed the children of this school and we have failed the children of this district,” – Mayor Michael B. Coleman

“We are here to say enough is enough and we are not going to take it anymore.” – Coleman

“The state report card is not acceptable to this community and it’s not acceptable to me,” – Interim Columbus Superintendent Dan Good

“There are no excuses and I’m going to offer none.” – Dan Good

Coleman said it’s time to adopt the city’s version of the “Declaration of Independence” from the old way of doing business in the district.

These harsh comments directed at the Columbus City School system were in response to the district’s report card that resulted in 4 F’s, 3 D’s and 2 C’s.

Wow.  Can you imagine state officials’ and the Dispatch’s venom if there were any schools receiving a worse report than this?  What if that response was an offer to expand services by the state and complete silence by reporters at the Dispatch and statewide?

Yep, sounds about right.

The state’s large, for-profit e-schools received reports of even more “abysmal” performances, yet the state’s ban on creating new e-schools was recently lifted (and reported by the Dispatch, so it’s not as though the education reporters at the Dispatch are in the dark…).

Look at the chart below comparing the grades for the major e-schools in Ohio as compared to the “abysmal” Columbus City Schools:


Despite each e-school receiving only 8 grades (none reported a value-added grade for Gifted students), they ALL had more F grades than Columbus.  And the worst overall grades belonged to the infamous ECOT – 7 out of 8 F’s – the largest e-school in Ohio, “serving” more total students than the Dayton, Canton, Youngstown, Westerville, or Worthington City School districts.

Last year, worse-than-Columbus ECOT enrolled over 1,400 students who would have otherwise attended school in Columbus City.  Shouldn’t Mayor Coleman be outraged by that failure to the “children of this district”?

So, what was the consequence for these “worse than abysmal” e-schools in Ohio?

“The legislature allowed the state school superintendent to approve up to five new e-schools this year, and he approved three to open this fall: Mosaica Online Academy, Provost Academy and Insight School.” (Columbus Dispatch, 8/19/13)

Can you imagine an Ohio official proposing an expansion of the Columbus City Schools?  No joke – it would be better than an expansion of the state’s e-schools, yet that official would be laughed off of the podium.

Where’s the news coverage of this travesty to public education in Ohio?

And what’s a word that means “worse than abysmal”?