The Ohio Department of Education released report cards for Ohio’s schools Thursday. The 2013 report cards rate schools and buildings in the first nine of 18 new performance criteria. The new assessment system features letter grades that the DOE says are more familiar to people.
According to Ohio's top public schools official, Superintendent Richard Ross, no district received all As or all Fs, but in the first round of new scores - districts did fall at all points on the scale. He said tougher performance standards will make Ohio's schools better and state more competitive.
Several dignitaries including State Senator Chris Widener and Mayor Warren Copeland gathered on the campus of Clark State University Monday afternoon for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event formally opened Springfield's Global Impact STEM Academy.
Widener called the academy the first of it's kind in the nation that will allow students to study while also gaining hands on experience in the agricultural bio-sciences field. After thanking Clark State President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin for helping provide a temporary location for the school, but Widener also talked about a permanent future site.
The number of low-income children in Head Start's preschool programs in Ohio will drop by more than 1,800 during this school year because of automatic federal spending cuts.
The Office of Head Start says those cuts will reduce its preschool ranks by more than 57,000 children nationwide. More than a million children are served each year by the programs, which help prepare them for elementary school and give them meals and health care.
The August 2013 installment of SOCHE TALKS features Dr. Joseph Watras with the University of Dayton's School of Education and Allied Professions speaking on the history of racial desegregation in Dayton schools.
The SOCHE Talks are a collaboration with the Southwest Ohio Council for Higher Education. In this monthly series we’ll hear from faculty and staff from areas colleges and universities on a wide variety of subjects. It's an effort to bring Miami Valley research and thinking into the public arena – a way to enlighten the world with local knowledge.