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Senator Defends Education Department's ECOT Attendance Report

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 4:17 PM

by Andy Chow

The state’s largest online charter school is crying foul after the education department released a report showing it fell short of its estimated attendance by more than 50%. But a top education lawmaker says Ohio taxpayers deserve to know what their money is going towards. 

A review of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow found that more than half of the students enrolled in the school didn’t do enough work to qualify as full time.

State Finds ECOT Attendance Was Much Lower Than Expected

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 5:44 PM

by Andy Chow

The state education department says Ohio's largest online charter school severely over-reported how many students actually attended class full time. But the school says the state's report is a slap in the face to a pending court battle.

The state says only 40% of the more than 15,000 students enrolled at the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow spent enough time learning during the day to qualify as full-time students. 

Senate Education Committee Reconvenes Tuesday

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 5:26 PM

by Michelle Faust

Although the Lame Duck Legislative Session doesn’t begin until after the November election, the Ohio Senate Education Committee is scheduled to reconvene Tuesday. 

Education Committee Chair Peggy Lehner says a truancy bill is her highest priority.  The Senate Republican from Kettering says the legislation requires schools to look at why students skip class instead of resorting to suspensions.

"To start looking at truancy as a social-emotional issue, as opposed to a judicial-issue."

CTU Membership Votes Down Tentative Agreement with Cleveland Schools

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 1:39 PM

by Michelle Faust

The Cleveland Teachers Union goes back to the drawing board, after a Thursday vote tally showed members rejected a tentative contract with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Fifty-one percent of union members voted down the tentative agreement.

CTU President David Quolke says he has a few ideas as to why members defeated the contract by a narrow margin.

Districts in Poverty Have Lowest Report Card Grades, New Federal Law Aims to Track Progress

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 12:21 PM

by Michelle Faust

When report cards came out recently, it was not without controversy.

Districts did worse than last year because the tests and the expectations changed. It was harder to get a passing grade.

“But the report card is important. It tells us useful information and we can't just ignore it in this state,” says Howard Fleeter, an economist who consults for the non-profit Ohio Education Policy Institute. “As we raise the bar, we're increasing the challenge disproportionately for districts that are struggling the most.”

School Groups Say Report Shows Continuing Connection Between Poverty And Student Performance

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:15 AM

by Karen Kasler

A report commissioned by three groups representing officials from traditional public schools shows what they call a strong link between student performance and household income - in other words, kids in wealthy districts do better on tests on average than kids in poor districts do.

Cleveland Hosts 6th Ohio ESSA Plan Meeting

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11:33 AM

by Michelle Faust

Educators, administrators, and parents gathered at Cuyahoga Community College Monday night to weigh in on the best way for Ohio to move forward with a new education plan. The state department of education is preparing for the Every Student Succeeds Act.

About 200 stakeholders sat and answered targeted questions about what the state should write into its plan for the federal law known as ESSA. It will replace No Child Left Behind in the 2017-2018 school year.

Watch: Education Round Up on Sound of Ideas: ESSA

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 10:22 AM

This week on Sound of Ideas, StateImpact reporter Michelle Faust discussed the state report cards, the state of Cleveland Schools, and Ohio's ESSA plan.

The full program can be found here: http://www.ideastream.org/programs/sound-of-ideas/education-update-lethal-injection-drugs-and-medical-marijuana-delays​

In Wake Of New State Report Cards, Charter School Leader Has Message For Parents

Friday, September 16, 2016 at 4:57 PM

by Andy Chow

Traditional public schools and charter schools were both on the receiving ends of much lower grades on their state report cards. But one charter advocate who says he has an important message for parents.

Ohio’s charter schools were not immune to the new grade card results that saw a big dip because of increased standards and harder tests.

Of the state’s 280 charters, only five received an A on the test performance portion, and 270 other schools got an F in that section. 

State's School Grade Cards With New Higher Standards Contain Low Marks, As Leaders Warned

Friday, September 16, 2016 at 12:03 PM

The state school report cards are out and, just as leaders warned, the grades are much lower than usual, with just a fraction of Ohio’s districts scoring top grades in a key area – student test scores.

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