This week is “National School Choice Week,” and around the country more than 3500 events are planned over the next several days.
Dozens of events aimed at raising awareness around School Choice are taking place in Ohio, and the Miami Valley. Events in Middletown, Troy, Oakwood, Springfield, and last night in Dayton, an event organized by Parents Advancing Choice in Education, or PACE. Program Manager Daria Dillard-Stone says its purpose was to highlight the need to expand educational options for students, and to ask some simple questions.
This week, Gov. John Kasich releases his long-awaited school funding formula to school superintendents and officials, and then statewide in a live virtual town hall meeting Thursday night. Details are scarce but there is a lot of speculation on what might be in this plan.
Gov. Kasich has referred to his formula several times, including in a speech last month.
A national education expert last week delivered a less-than-stellar assessment of the nation's school reform efforts before a Cleveland audience. Linda Darling-Hammond is an education professor at Stanford, and led President Obama's education transition team in 2008.
The University of Dayton is promising new freshmen that they will pay the same amount for tuition all four years they are in school.
The guarantee to new freshmen eliminates the uncertainty of how much a bachelor's degree will cost by removing hidden fees.
The university said students will receive a two-page financial aid prospectus detailing the costs, and also pledging that that their scholarships and grants will grow dollar-for-dollar each year as tuition increases.
Universities in Ohio saw enrollment drop last fall and are likely to see the decline continue. The Akron Beacon Journal says that education studies are predicting that the number of public high school graduates in Ohio will continue to drop over the next decade.
The head of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio says the question is how much that decline will be in the coming years.
Ohio's public colleges and universities posted an enrollment drop of 6 percent last fall.