Trying something different

Going back to school in Ohio will require adjustments for students, parents and educators.

Graduation examinations are out. End-of-course tests are in. There will be no more “calamity days” during inclement weather. Curriculum may change – but that is not certain.

Welcome to public education reform in the Buckeye State.

It has been clear for many years – decades, actually – that the way most states handle public schools is not working very well. At both the state and federal levels, improvement initiatives are approved by lawmakers, then the issue is forgotten for too long. Remember the federal No Child Left Behind Act? Congress has yet to amend it, though its flaws have been apparent for years.

In Ohio, state officials seem to have a stronger sense of urgency. If it doesn’t work, try something else.

Yes, that can be frustrating for all involved. But in the long run, it will serve Ohioans well.