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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.

Watch: Summer Programs Aim to Improve Migrant Children's Success

Monday, August 29, 2016 at 5:59 PM

StateImpact Ohio education reporter Michelle Faust discusses a summer program to help keep children of migrant workers in school over the summer. Find the feature story here.

Summer School Helps Bridge the Gap For the Children of Migrant Workers in Ohio

Monday, August 29, 2016 at 5:24 PM

by Michelle Faust

Ohio’s warm, humid summer days are giving way to cooler shorter ones. It's a sign that the local growing season is coming to an end and agricultural workers, along with their families, are preparing to move on to other states. For the children in these families, the transient nature of their lives means moving from school to school. One recently completed summer school program aims to bridge educational gaps for these kids.

ECOT Student Defends School And Unconventional Instruction Structure

Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 5:47 PM

by Andy Chow

The state and its largest online charter school are locked in a dispute over how to prove it’s providing an education to its more than 15,000 students. That fight is not just playing out in court but through TV, radio and web ads featuring a student defense.

ECOT has been trying to make its case in the court of public opinion by hitting the airwaves with commercials that feature struggling students, such as Gabriel Young.

“I’ve been in and out of foster care. I was adopted for seven years and then put back.”