Education

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 has released its annual school report card data. The report measures school district performance based on test scores from the 2014-2015 school year.

Oakwood City Schools was one of only six districts in the state to receive an “A” rating for its overall test scores. Beavercreek, Yellow Springs, and Centerville City Schools all earned "B" ratings in that category.

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An Ohio bill seeks to ensure that public school students who want to express their religious viewpoints can get the same access to school facilities as secular student groups.

A House committee is set to vote on the measure Wednesday. The bill also would remove a provision in law that lets school districts limit the exercise or expression of religion to lunch periods or other non-instructional time periods.

School Districts Protest Charter School Funding System

Jan 27, 2016
Andy Chow

Several school districts in Ohio have recently passed resolutions asking the state to directly fund charter schools.  Now, many of those districts have also sent the state department of education invoices to show that millions of dollars are being pulled from their funding to follow students when they leave for a charter school. 

Chad Aldis, with the pro-charter school organization the Fordham Institute, says sending invoices is a bit theatrical.

Looking Back At The Year In Ohio Education

Dec 28, 2015
Statehouse News Bureau

2015 was the year Ohio lawmakers worked to reform charter schools while a data scrubbing scandal was playing out at the state’s department of education.

Last January, when the brand-new Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger laid out his priorities for 2015 -- reforming charter schools was at the top of the list.

Superintendent Richard Ross and others at Tuesday's school board meeting.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

A three-member panel appointed by the outgoing state school superintendent has come up with 22 ideas on how to reform Ohio’s troubled charter schools and improve public perception of the schools.

The panel recommended charter schools be evaluated on similar criteria as public schools, and that grades for online and dropout recovery charter schools be included in reviews. The state’s charter school chief resigned this summer after coming under fire for not including failing grades for some schools in evaluations.  

Ohio kids playing soccer in 2012.
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School districts around the state have been charging fees for kids in sports, music and theater programs and other activities for years. But some state officials are now raising questions about whether “pay to play” fees are playing fair. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

A Republican lawmaker wants to ban schools from charging pay to participate fees schools charge for sports and music programs. Sen. Cliff Hite, a former high school football coach, says he doesn’t want families to have to pay fees for their kids to play, but he doesn’t want districts to do away with those activities either. He’s holding events around the state for people to testify and at the Columbus event, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, a football player in high school and college, told the crowd students need the positive values they get through playing sports.

State School Superintendent To Resign

Nov 6, 2015
Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard Ross with Gov. John Kasich at a Cleveland charter school earlier this year.
Mark Urycki / State Impact Ohio

The Ohio school superintendent has announced he will retire at the end of the year. In a release, Richard Ross says he came out of retirement four years ago to help Ohio schools, first as an advisor to John Kasich and then as superintendent since 2013—now he’s ready to go back. Ross has been criticized recently because of a scandal over Ohio charter schools.

$71 Million In Federal Charter Funds On Hold For Ohio

Nov 5, 2015
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The U.S. Department of Education awarded $71 million to expand charter schools in Ohio last month, but the department has announced those funds are being temporarily withheld.

 

In a letter to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), the federal education department explained that it has concerns about Ohio’s oversight and accountability of its charter schools.

A possible state takeover of Dayton Public Schools was likely on the minds of voters who returned two school board members to their positions in Tuesday’s election, but who also voted in a newcomer who campaigned on holding school administrators accountable for the school’s poor performance. 

School board members Sheila Taylor, and Robert Walker will serve additional 4-year terms on the Dayton School board.  Joining them and the remaining board members will be John McManus, an outsider in the race who says his message of accountability was heard by voters.

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