TPS will hold a series of meetings this week to discuss the new school attendance boundaries. We have obtained copies of their presentations including proposed maps of the new boundaries and links are available below to PDF versions of their proposals.

Meetings will be held as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

In anticipation of obtaining current information – always a challenge when you ask TPS for public documents and information – through open records requests, we are going to reference information previously posted about TPS.  Not much has changed since these posts a year ago, so we expect that the issue is ongoing and that, if anything, the cost to taxpayers has simply gone up. Read the rest of this entry »

How do you improve teaching in the classroom and ultimately improve student outcomes? Well the truth is there are no easy answers, but here are a few steps to improve student outcomes…. Read the rest of this entry »

With SB5 making its way through the Ohio House after passing the Senate, there is a lot of concern – and some palpable angst – over what it means. The legislature has really not defined a system in the pending legislation and who will write the rules and how it will be implemented is still an unknown. Read the rest of this entry »

Senate Bill 5 which modifies Ohio labor laws by placing limits on public sector collective bargaining has passed the Ohio Senate and is making its way through the House.

We have reviewed the provisions of the bill and how they may affect the Toledo Public Schools should it pass the Ohio House and be signed into law by Governor.

Keep in mind that this bill is still a work in progress and many of the provisions’ impact are still not fully understood.

Here is a summary of the major items of this bill and how they may affect TPS: Read the rest of this entry »

So far the support for the change from Middle Schools to K-8 seems to be growing. Parents appear to be supportive. However the elimination of art, music and PE specialists has elicited strong negative reactions. Some way to maintain these specialists and assure students have the necessary and quality instruction in these areas needs to be found. We understand that district administration are working on this issue and have heard some of their ideas – it shows promise. Read the rest of this entry »

On Tuesday, February 22nd, the Toledo Board of Education approved 5 – 0 the change from K-5 and middle schools to K-8 schools. Under this plan students would attend a school from kindergarten through 8th grade and then enter High School. Read the rest of this entry »

At a morning press conference TPS officials unveiled their plan improve educational outcomes while reducing expenses to sustainable levels. The pan has estimated cost savings of about $24.5 million which still leaves another $12.5 million that must come from employee concessions. The $12.5 – if only applied to employee wage concessions – would require a reduction of about 7.5% Read the rest of this entry »

Eye on Education, WSPD – Fritz Wenzel, had Steven Flagg on his 1/27/2011 show. During the show Flagg took phone calls from listeners. One of those making a call was Angela, a teacher at Harvard Elementary. Read the rest of this entry »

Over the past couple of years we have attempted to acquire through open records requests digital copies of all TPS contracts.  Last year TPS posted the TAAP and AFSCME contracts. Read the rest of this entry »