Ohio Department of Education

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's public school superintendent has named a three-member panel to advise the department on evaluating charter school sponsors.

Superintendent Richard Ross says the state is committed to creating a system that evaluates charter school sponsors fairly while adhering to complex legal requirements. He says the independent panel will help do that.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently said the state’s school board is too focused on politics. That comment was in response to a request from seven school board members for an outside investigation into Ohio’s charter schools. The board also wants an impartial investigation into whether State Superintendent Richard Ross was involved in the scrubbing of failing grades at some charters. School Choice Director David Hansen has already resigned over the issue.

Superintendent Richard Ross during the July meeting of the Ohio Board of Education.
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Seven members of the Ohio Board of Education have sent a letter to the state’s superintendent asking for an outside investigator to find out if he was involved in hiding poor charter school assessments.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of school librarians in Ohio has dropped by nearly half in the past 10 years despite studies showing students do better when those jobs are filled.

Ohio Department of Education data shows 923 school librarians in the 2013-2014 school year, down 43 percent from 1,628 in the 2004-05 school year.

Former Fairborn Primary School teacher, Scott Ervin, used his disciplinary skilles to work with the school's toughest kids.
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Scott Ervin has served as an educator for 15 years. But his love for teaching has been overshadowed by recent changes and mandates from the Ohio Department of Education. So much so that he recently resigned his teaching position at Fairborn Primary School. Ervin penned his frustrations in a recent editorial for the Washington Post.

Dayton school officials want feedback and ideas from parents about ways to improve the district.

The Dayton Public Schools Board of Education is drawing attention to the differences between the state’s traditional public and charter schools. The board wants charters on a more level playing field.

Charter Controversy Could Renew Efforts To Close Failing Schools

Jul 21, 2015
Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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The head of the Office of School Choice in Ohio resigned over the weekend, after he admitted he had left some failing grades out of several charter school evaluations. Critics question whether David Hansen was purposely “scrubbing” the grades to make charter sponsors look good.

Education Official Resigns Amid Charter School Controversy

Jul 20, 2015
The Ohio Departmente. of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state
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(AP) — An Ohio education official has resigned after acknowledging he excluded failing grades for charter schools in evaluations of the schools' overseers.

David Hansen, the School Choice director for the Education Department, confirmed last week he left F grades for online and dropout recovery schools off evaluations of charter school sponsors. He said he felt the marks would "mask" successes elsewhere.

The omission boosted the ratings of two sponsors, which could make them eligible for more state perks.

Officials Say State DOE Threw F Grades Out Of Evaluation

Jul 15, 2015
The Ohio Departmente. of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state
Ohio Department of Education

State school board members have accused the Ohio Department of Education of breaking the law by throwing failing grades for online schools out of a charter school evaluation.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports that officials confirmed Tuesday that School Choice Director David Hansen left failing grades for those schools out of the evaluations of charter school oversight agencies. The omission boosted the rating of two oversight agencies.

State Releases Recommendations For Dayton Schools

May 13, 2015
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Following a visit earlier this year, The Ohio Department of Education has released its recommendations for improving Dayton Public Schools.

To the state, DPS is considered “at risk.” A district review team was in Dayton in January to talk to teachers, administrators, parents and students to pinpoint areas in need of change. The big themes from the report are “consistency” and “training.” Team members found staff professional development was lacking, programs and missions changed too often and opportunities for students were not equal throughout the district.