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A report commissioned by three groups representing officials from traditional public schools shows what they call a strong link between student performance and household income - in other words, kids in wealthy districts do better on tests on average than kids in poor districts do.
 

Ohio Charter Schools Seek Federal Funding

Sep 19, 2016
Chad Aldis, Vice President for Ohio Policy and Advocacy at Thomas B. Fordham Institute
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After the state nearly lost millions in federal grant money because of a charter school data scrubbing scandal, it’s now working on creating a system that can identify the best charter schools in Ohio and award them millions of dollars to keep that success going.

The U.S. Department of Education has now agreed to send as much as $71 million, if the state proves it can be successful in helping effective charter schools continue to be successful and expand.

Dayton school officials want feedback and ideas from parents about ways to improve the district.
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This year’s release of school report cards brought good news to Dayton Public Schools.

The report revealed the district will avoid a 2018 takeover by the state’s academic distress commission. That’s because for the first time ever,  it earned an A rating in the value-added category, which measures student progress.

DPS was on track for takeover because it scored F’s in both that category and in overall performance for 3 straight years.

State Leaders Brace For Dramatic Drop In State Report Card Grades

Sep 15, 2016
The Ohio Departmente. of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state
Ohio Department of Education

The Ohio Department of Education plans to release its state school report cards Thursday morning and state leaders are telling parents, students and educators to brace themselves for significantly lower than usual grades. 

The state has raised the bar on what qualifies as being proficient and how many students need to reach that standard to get a good report card grade.

Schools that are used to getting A’s and B’s could see their grades drop to D’s and even F’s.

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ITT Technical Institute is set close its campuses nationwide, including its Dayton location on Stop Eight Road.

The announcement was made Tuesday after years of federal and state-level investigations into the for-profit university’s recruiting and accounting practices.

The U.S. Department of Education recently ordered the institution to cease enrolling students on federal financial aid. That move deprived the school of a major source of funding.

 

ITT Tech operates 9 campuses in Ohio and has about 2,000 students statewide.

Jerry Kenney

More families in Montgomery County will be getting tuition help for their preschoolers. On Wednesday, officials announced the expansion of Preschool Promise – part of the Dayton area’s Learn to Earn initiative that hopes to make preschool affordable for every 4-year-old.

The pilot-program began in the city of Kettering just a few years ago. Mayor Don Patterson says it’s been a big help to families there.

More Online Charter Schools Struggle To Keep Track Of Student Learning Hours

Aug 30, 2016
The Ohio Departmente. of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state
Ohio Department of Education

A look at several online charter school attendance reviews reveal that more e-schools might be either unable or unwilling to meet the standards the state has set to prove students are learning. 

For weeks, the state has been battling with its largest online charter school, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow or ECOT, over how it records the number of hours its more than 15,000 students spend learning. Those hours are critical to the funding of ECOT and all charter schools.

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The Ohio Department of Education wants to know how much learning is actually going on among the more than 17,000 students at the state’s largest online charter school, ECOT. Some of the school's students are taking a stand. 

18 year old Gabriel Young is featured in one of ECOT’s latest commercials, in which he states, “I was adopted for seven years and then put back.”

Young lives on his own, and says ECOT’s flexible system fits his schedule. And he adds that the work students do can’t always be tracked through log-in information.

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Once again, kids are going back to school in Ohio. And once again, a state lawmaker is saying that school shouldn’t be starting in the middle of August.

Former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland
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The Democratic candidate for US Senate is calling for a halt to the creation of private, for profit charter schools.

Democratic former Governor Ted Strickland held a campaign event with the state’s two large teachers’ unions, saying he is tired of high stakes testing and bureaucratic regulations of public school teachers. Afterward, he told reporters he also wants a moratorium on for profit charter schools.

“I’m opposed to for profit charter schools because I do not believe educating our kids should become a for profit activity.”

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