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No Charter Sponsors Received Ohio's Highest Rating

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 4:27 PM

by Michelle Faust

The Ohio Department of Education released community school sponsor evaluations Thursday. None of the state’s charter school sponsors received the highest rating of “exemplary.”

ODE looks at factors such as school performance, as well as “quality practices,” like whether they train teachers and have a clear mission.

Five out of 65 of the state’s charter school sponsors were rated effective.

Listen: Sound of Ideas: Should High-Schoolers Work as Part of Their Schooling?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 4:06 PM

Training the work force employees of the future while they are still in high school?  The Cristo Rey network of schools, including three here in Ohio, have embraced that concept as part of a work-school model that has caught the attention of Governor John Kasich.  Listen here.

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. 

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:​

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. 

Progress Report Shows Slow Improvement in Cleveland Schools

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 5:37 PM

by Kevin Niedermier

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is slowly improving, but not fast enough.  That’s the main finding of a report released this week by the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, the group monitoring the school system’s sweeping 2012 overhaul plan. 

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Says the New Rules on Charter Schools Will Lead to Greater Transparency

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 5:29 PM

by Kabir Bhatia

The U.S. Department of Education is implementing new rules on charter schools, many of which were suggested by a delegation of Ohio lawmakers. 

Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced the Charter School Accountability Act last year, saying it would strengthen transparency, and increase community involvement for Ohio's 123,000 charter school students.  The new rules require independent financial audits, as well as a public database of academic and financial performance.

New High School Aims to Expose Kids to Health Careers

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 11:02 AM

by Lecia Bushak

On Cleveland’s west side, a new high school will blend a traditional school curriculum with a more health- and science-focused course load, all in the setting of a working hospital.

Some one-hundred ninth graders and fifty tenth graders from Lincoln West High School in Cleveland will start classes at MetroHealth Hospital’s main campus this Tuesday. The new program will serve as a platform for students to focus on health sciences and be exposed to the active, real world of medicine.

More Online Charter Schools Struggle To Keep Track Of Student Learning Hours

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 5:12 PM

by Andy Chow

A look at several online charter school attendance reviews reveal that more e-schools might be either unable or unwilling to meet the standards the state has set to prove students are learning. 

For weeks, the state has been battling with its largest online charter school, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow or ECOT, over how it records the number of hours its more than 15,000 students spend learning. Those hours are critical to the funding of ECOT and all charter schools.

Watch: The Director of Migrant Programs Discusses Education

Monday, August 29, 2016 at 6:05 PM

José Salinas, director of the Ohio Migrant Education Center, and StateImpact Ohio education reporter Michelle Faust discuss ways summer programs can help keep children of migrant workers in school over the summer. Find the feature story here.