Last Words



The Thrasher Group

Williamson Shriver Architects

McKinley Architects & Engineers

December 15, 2017 - Volume 37 Issue 12

The Canton (OH) Repository (12/11, Weir) reports Ohio’s new attendance law, which took effect in April, requires that public school students who “miss more than 38 hours (roughly six days) of school in a single month or 65 hours (roughly 10 days) in a year,” even if it is for medical reasons, be labeled excessively absent. Under the state’s model policy, a “district will notify the student’s parent (or guardian) in writing and” require the student “follow the district’s plan for absence intervention.” The Ohio Department of Education “points to research that links significant amounts of absences – even if excused – with long-term negative effects on children…”

“Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late; the good lived yesterday.” Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus) (121- 180 CE), Joint 16th Emperor of the Roman Emperor (161-180), ruling jointly with Lucius Verus until Verus’ death in 169 and jointly with his son, Commodus from 177. He was the last of the so-called Five Good Emperors.   He was a practitioner of Stoicism, and his untitled writing, commonly known as Meditations, is a significant source of our modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy.

“I really believe we’re making headway. We’re getting questions answered, and we’re helping the counties.” – Jason L. Butcher, coordinator for the state Board of Education to external agencies, discussing the State Board’s commitment, through various collaborative endeavors, to implement legislation designed to establish successor entities to Regional Education Service Agencies who will be abolished June 30, 2018.

“They (state Board of Education) wants to work with you, very closely with you, even to the point where we would be interested in opening up the LOCEA language to provide more meaningful and stronger input from the legislature into the oversight process of the state board of education and our rules.” – Supt. Steve Paine describing how much the state school board wants to be a good partner with the legislature.

“We have received a lot of positive feedback on the flexibility in local control features that were granted. Counties much appreciate that.” – Terry Harless, chief financial officer for the Department of Education, on how school districts have reacted to legislative changes this year.

“We have heard you loudly and clearly as a legislature and your leadership. We are clearly trying to push more flexibility to those local levels…Increased local flexibility brings robust local accountability and responsibility.” – Supt. Steve Paine

“There’s a lot of reasons why graduation statistics went up, and I would venture to say that it wasn’t because of the quality of education the kids were given.” – Delegate George Ambler

“As one of the middle-size counties, we’re certainly going to do all we can to help our neighbors that maybe don’t have the same resources. We don’t want to see any children left behind.” – Marion County Supt. Gary Price on helping smaller counties cope with the demise of RESAs

“We are here for support; we are not here to dictate.” – Clayton Burch, associate state superintendent, on the Department of Education’s new role in relation to county school districts