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.
Kettering Republican Senator Peggy Lehner was appointed this week to continue her work as chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Education. She previewed what's ahead this year with Emily McCord. Lehner says isnt' likely to see any more cash earmarked for education in the upcoming state budget, but other ways to find revenue are in the works to help Ohio's schools, like Governor Kasich's plan to overhaul the school funding system.
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.
The latest plan to help maintain the pension system for Ohio public school teachers would have them pay more into their retirement accounts.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the plan has been approved by the board of the State Teachers Retirement System, which has 470,000 members. It's up for consideration by lawmakers who would need to sign off on it.
The plan is aimed at saving $13 billion in accrued liabilities. It's the fourth package of its kind sent to lawmakers since 2009.
One of Ohio's largest districts is cutting about 10 percent of its teaching staff next school year to save an estimated $20 million as it copes with a budget hole twice that size.
The Cincinnati school board voted Wednesday to eliminate 237 instructors, including 35 who would be laid off. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports 112 of the job cuts are retirements or resignations and 90 are long-term substitutes.
Leaders in the district of 32,000 students say cuts in state and federal funding are to blame.