Education

House Panel OKs New Charter School Regulations, Reporting

Mar 25, 2015
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A bill cracking down on low-performing Ohio charter schools and imposing a host of new accountability standards on sponsors has cleared its first legislative hurdle. After extensive debate and several rounds of revisions, the Ohio House Education Committee approved the bill 13-6 Wednesday. A House vote could come Thursday. The legislation requires additional financial, enrollment and attendance reporting from charter school sponsors and requires members of governing boards to file annual...

State Senate OKs Testing Protections For Ohio Students

Mar 4, 2015

Ohio senators have passed a bill to bar schools from using the results of new proficiency tests to determine a student's advancement to the next grade level.

The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday on the legislation, which also ensures that schools don't lose state aid for students not taking standardized tests this school year.

The measure also prohibits using the results of new state math and English assessments to make course credit decisions. It further prevents...

Group Asking Kasich To Focus On College Student Debt

Feb 26, 2015

In his State of the State address, Gov. John Kasich made another big push for his budget plan, which includes policies directed at higher education. But at least one group says the plan doesn’t do enough for college students. Kasich’s budget plan includes a cap and freeze on tuition increases. But the group “Young Invincibles” believes that will only shift more of the burden onto the students in the long run. Kevin McNair II says student debt forced him to drop out of school because he couldn...

The West Dayton Youth Task Force is pushing for major improvements for the public schools located in West Dayton.
West Dayton Youth Task Force

Schools in West Dayton are among the lowest-performing in the Dayton Public School District. And DPS as a whole is ranked toward the bottom of the list for Ohio.
A grassroots group called The West Dayton Youth Task Force wants improvements now.
A recent visit from a department of education district review team means DPS is considered “at risk” by the state. And that pushed Hashim Jabar with the recently-formed West Dayton Youth Task Force over the edge. Jabar works with a lot of...

Putting the Technology Behind Ohio’s New Standardized Exams to The Test

Feb 23, 2015
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Over the next month, Ohio's students will be taking a new batch of standardized testing aligned to the Common Core, the math and English standards adopted by the majority of the country. This year, state officials initially planned for the test to be delivered strictly on a computer, but only about 60 percent of students will take a portion of the test that way. Just a few days before the beginning of the new exams in Lancaster, an hour outside of Columbus, the district’s elementary...

One chapter in my most recent book, African Immersion: American College Students in Cameroon (Lexington Books, 2015) looks at racial interactions in Cameroon: African American-Caucasian, African-Caucasian, and African American-African. The research finds gross ignorance in public discourse on race relations. But academic institutions neither mandate students to take courses about America’s racial past nor create other avenues for a critical examination of racism in the U.S. Too many young...

A new set of evaluation rules for the state’s school counselors is included in Governor John Kasich’s proposed operating budget. And the Ohio School Counselors Association, or OSCA , supports the idea.
School counselors aren’t evaluated like teachers. OSCA created its own guidelines a few years ago, but assessments are still handled at the local level. Association President Sarah Collins says that means there’s no unified approach, so school counseling programs vary depending on where...

Akron Kids Develop 'How-To' Cards For Interacting With Police

Feb 16, 2015
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A hundred kids in Akron will begin passing out palm cards this week on how to deal with police. It's thought to be a first-in-the-nation program. The “You and the Law” cards were developed by the city’s anti-violence youth group called the PeaceMakers – by kids troubled by officer-involved shootings in Ferguson and Cleveland. The cards begin with cautions such as “The best way to avoid conflict … is to stay out of trouble.” But they include specifics like don’t bad mouth cops and do sign...

New State Assessments Have Parents Choosing To 'Opt-Out'

Feb 13, 2015

State testing under the new Common Core standards starts next week and school officials are expecting very low scores.

The effect the results could have on teachers, students and districts is unclear.

The new assessments are harder, take longer to finish and the kids will be choosing answers with a click of the mouse instead of a pencil. State School Board Member A.J. Wagner took the 4th and 5th grade practice tests and says the reading and comprehension levels...

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Ohio largest teachers' union says it welcomes Gov. John Kasich's effort to increase the money going to schools but questions how individual district allotments are being determined.

Ohio Education Association president Becky Higgins said in a statement Wednesday that the union's concerns are echoed by lawmakers in both parties.

Kasich's $72.3 billion, two-year operating budget increases school foundation funding by $700 million. However, more than half of public...

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