Things I might normally blog, that you might normally be looking for, that are notably not here.
When I wrote about ballot length and voting lines earlier this week, I had not yet read the report commissioned by the Franklin County BOE on how to allocate voting machines. It is one of the more impressive pieces of consultant work I've seen. It has problems, but it is light years ahead of what anyone else is doing. Read it Here. Comment at the BOE meeting on Thursday 8/14 at 6:30pm. I've asked the authors for the tables they used in the report, but have heard nothing back. Next week I'll discuss where the potential problems are.
The Garland campaign office is up and running in Bexley. After I followed up on a PolitickerOH piece by commenting on the lack of campaigning by Garland's opponent, the Dispatch article that mirrored the content and format of the Politicker piece included a reference to the lack of respect McGregor's campaign intensity engenders. Following up on that, PolitickerOH interviewed McGregor, who declared his continued desire to hold the office. Garland's response is well documented at Ohio Daily Blog.
Ohio Daily Blog also has a mention of the upcoming fundraiser for David Robinson in New Albany featuring Chris Redfern, head of the ODP. This is hopefully the first of many helping hands the bigger names in the party will lend to help put this race more in the spotlight.
Robinson's opponent, Pat Tiberi, got knocked around a bit by another blogger last week, as Kelley Bell went off on PT's franking abuse.
Bexley Schools got another Excellent report card. The media has seen it but ODE doesn't have it up on the website, so no data/link here yet. By the way, Bexley hit all but one of the sub-group NCLB standards. Dublin didn't fare so well and lost its Excellent rating. Larry Wolpert (R-Hilliard), whose home district befell the same fate last year, is trying to get the report card system changed as a result. The Dispatch supports him. I strongly disagree with both of them. The CD asks:
...how meaningful is a ranking system that assigns the same verdict to Dublin City Schools, which met all 30 criteria, as that earned the year before by the Cleveland City Schools, which met four?I'd say it's quite meaningful. If Cleveland's students were 90% White/Asian and 10% economically disadvantaged, and if Dublin's student body were 17% White/Asian and 100% (!!) economically disadvantaged, that 30 vs. 4 would be remarkable. As it stands, all I know is that the students who do well in every district do well in Dublin, and I know nothing about the quality of Dublin Schools per se. So spare me.
Speaking of Education, Bexley resident/Education Foundation Head/Former school board member Linda Kass was named by Ted Strickland to The