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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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