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Exploring the range of alternatives to traditional education practices and policy.

Art Teachers Include Design to Connect Pupils to Their World

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM

As part of the governor’s education agenda, public schools around Ohio are trying to make their curriculum more career-oriented to guide kids towards what he calls “in-demand jobs.”

The focus is more on STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – that are the crux of standardized tests.

The Ohio Board of Education this year eliminated the so-called "5 of 8 Rule" that placed importance on art classes. Critics fear classes in the humanities will dwindle.

But some art teachers in Ohio and around the world are trying to keep the arts “relevant.”

Ohio Supreme Court Rules Against Charter Schools in Operator Case

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10:46 AM

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled against 10 charter schools that sued their operator over school property that was purchased with state funds.

The ruling said that schools are obliged to buy back computers, desks and other equipment that their operator White Hat Management had bought with money it received from the state.

In the majority opinion, Justice Judith Lanzinger noted the schools hadn’t performed well under White Hat’s management, but that the contracts the schools had with White Hat were entered into voluntarily and were enforceable.

State School Board Members Worry Youngstown Takeover is all about Charters

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10:44 AM

In one month Ohio House Bill 70 will take effect and the state will take control of Youngstown City Schools.

Democrats on the state board of education see the move as another in a series by the Kasich administration to promote charter schools.

They wanted answers at this week's board meeting in Columbus.

Legislators passed the bill in near secrecy in June with no public debate.  What it will establish is a 5 member Academic Distress Commission with a three member majority chosen by the state school superintendent.

Early Start to School Year May Benefit Testing

Monday, August 17, 2015 at 11:20 AM

School started today for students in Cincinnati and Cleveland public schools.

Dayton Public Schools opened last Thursday.

Canton schools are back in session later this week and Akron, Toledo and Columbus City Schools will start next week.

It seems like an early start, but that may be helpful when testing starts in the spring.

If you’re like most of us, when you come back from vacation, your colleagues form a line outside the door and welcome you back to work.

How Ohio School Choice Moved from Vouchers to Charters

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Students at E Prep and Village Prep Academy in Cleveland.

Students at E Prep and Village Prep Academy in Cleveland.

The state legislature this spring has been updating rules for how charter schools operate in Ohio.

Study Says Ohio Pupils Not Hurt by Switching Schools

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 1:44 AM

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The growth of charter schools has caused the closing of both traditional public schools and failing charters.

A "Brain-Based" Curriculum for Kids in Poverty

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Students at E Prep and Village Prep Academy in Cleveland.

Students at E Prep and Village Prep Academy in Cleveland.

Masonry Competition Underscores Future Skills Shortage

Monday, March 16, 2015 at 11:05 AM


Mark Urycki / StateImpact Ohio

The days of making ashtrays for high school shop class are over.

And the classes now offered go well beyond the old vocational education models.

Governor on Charter Reform, Funding, and Youngstown Schools

Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 10:58 AM

Governor John Kasich at is E Prep & Village Prep Woodland Hills in Cleveland.

Governor John Kasich at is E Prep & Village Prep Woodland Hills in Cleveland.