Education Policy

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Some believe a pending vote from the state’s top education leaders could have major ramifications on local schools around Ohio. The debate dealing with Ohio’s so-called 5 of 8 rule is taking social media by storm.  The hashtag “5of8” or “Ohio5of8” refers to the state rule requiring elementary schools to provide at least five of the eight specialist positions for every 1,000 students.

We’re talking about art, music, and physical education teachers, school counselors, library media specialists, nurses, social workers and visiting teachers.

Common Core Debate Hits Pause As Leaders Push In New Directions

Sep 8, 2014

More than a hundred people have participated in the argument over a repeal of Ohio’s current education standards called the Common Core. Now at least one leader would like to see the debate take a slight change in course.

The Common Core was created by a group of education experts from around the country, including Ohio. The state adopted the standards in 2010, and school districts implemented them starting this year, with full implementation and testing set to roll out in the 2014-2015 school year currently udnerway.

Governor John Kasich made a campaign stop in Beavercreek Tuesday.
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Protesters met Governor John Kasich on a campaign stop in Beavercreek Tuesday to ask him to repeal the Common Core curriculum, although Kasich is unlikely to support that effort.

Common Core Curriculum Debated In Columbus

Aug 19, 2014
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The set of education standards known as Common Core is under attack just as schools around Ohio begin to implement it. Hearings began this week on a bill to repeal the standards in Columbus.

The Common Core is a set of benchmarks created by a group of education experts from around the country, including some from Ohio, in 2010. The standards were then adopted by the state along with more than 40 others.

Robert Hill, superintendent of Firelands Local Schools in Lorain County, says a great deal of research went into crafting the standards.

2012 saw many education reforms in Ohio. . Students got new tests and requirements. Teachers got a new evaluation systems. Charter schools and universities saw changes as well.  But as StateImpact Ohio’s Ida Lieszkovszky reports, the New Year will bring plenty of changes to the way the state’s schools are run. 

Ohio runs on a two-year budget, but that doesn’t mean off years are slow. Governor Kasich crammed in several education initiatives into his mid-cycle budget. Several other education bills passed the legislature. Among the new programs is the third grade-reading guarantee.

There's a lot of activity at the Ohio Statehouse this week. Some of it involves students from the Ohio College Access Network and the Ohio Student Education Policy Institute (OSEPI).  They are testifying before the Senate Finance Committee - presenting their recommendations regarding Ohio education policy. Senator Chris Widener says it's the second year the group has appeared before Widener’s committee.

Obama Gives Education Policy Speech in Dayton area

Sep 9, 2008

Barack Obama's education plan focused on raising expectations and resources for schools, bringing innovation to the classroom, and holding teachers, parents and the government accountable for their performance. One feature of the innovation plan includes doubling the funding for charter schools, in part to give parents more choices on where they will send their children.