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Education officials in Ohio are asking parents, teachers and other residents to help refine learning standards in the state.

The Ohio Department of Education wants residents to review math and English standards using an online survey.

The standards were adopted in 2010 as the state moved to Common Core and this is the first time the state has conducted a revision since the standards were put in place. They specify what students should learn at specific grade levels and stipulate what they should know when they finish high school.

The Ohio Departmente. of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state
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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.

The Ohio Departmente. of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state
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The Ohio Department of Education is keeping an eye on Dayton Public Schools this year. The district is on watch: it has three years to stop failing on state report cards, or face a state takeover.

A review team released its recommendations in May with ways to improve DPS. Some changes are already underway in classrooms across the district.

 

 

Ohio Delegation Crafting Charter Reform At Federal Level

Oct 23, 2015
Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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Ohio lawmakers at the federal level are working on their own charter school reform proposal. The state passed a measure earlier this month meant to crack down on bad charters.

 

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says this renewed push for reform comes after the U.S. Department of Education gave Ohio $71 million for its charter school system. He says the Charter School Accountability Act would ensure that money would go to schools with a proven track record of success.

 

More Questions About Ohio Education Department's Charter School Application

Oct 21, 2015

The federal government is giving Ohio $71 million for its charter school program. But state school board members fear Ohio got that money using bogus information on its application. 

The state submitted the application just two days after its director of school choice admitted to scrubbing data on charter school sponsor evaluations and resigned.

This bothers several state board of education members, including Stephanie Dodd.

A divided state school board has voted against releasing additional documents sought by Auditor Dave Yost in his probe of the Ohio Department of Education's troubled charter-school oversight office.
 
A resolution offered Tuesday by board member Stephanie Dodd would have required the department to release all documents sought by Yost, including anything protected by attorney-client privilege. Backers of the effort say they're eager to know more about events leading up to the July resignation of School Choice Director David Hansen.
 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State authorities are investigating a string of threats made against schools across Ohio.

 

Threats have caused evacuations or closures of some schools in the past week, although there haven't been police reports of finding explosives. The state Department of Education says it doesn't know how many schools have been threatened, but says Ohio Homeland Security has reported "a number of bomb threats."

 

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Ohio’s charter schools recently received a $71 million dollar grant from the federal government. Some of those schools are known to have issues with student performance. And because of that record, the state’s auditor wants to track how the money is spent.

State Superintendent Richard Ross takes questions from the Ohio Board of Education during its meetings this week.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has received a $71 million federal grant to expand charter schools even as state authorities review possible data scrubbing by a former school choice director and lawmakers push fixing charter oversight.

 

The U.S. Department of Education grant announced Monday represents the largest single portion of a new $157 million to expand charter school opportunities. Evaluators found "no weaknesses" in Ohio's grant application.

 

Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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The Ohio Democratic Party is calling for an independent investigation into the state's Department of Education after a top charter school official admitted to scrubbing data for online and dropout recovery charters.

ODP Chair David Pepper compares this controversy to the one that involved bad state investments years ago.

“If people were upset about 'Coingate,' they should be about ten times as upset about ‘Chartergate,’ which is all about money but the victims are our school kids and their families,” Pepper said.

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