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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.

Ohio Seeks Local Input for ESSA Roll-Out

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 4:05 PM

by Michelle Faust

Most Ohio schools are already in session for this school year, but the Ohio Department of Education has its eye towards the next one (2017-2018). The state is beginning a series of meetings seeking community input on its implementation of a new federal law.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed last December with bipartisan congressional support, replaced the George W. Bush Administration's No Child Left Behind (2002).  

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.”

Rule Related To Charter School Crackdown Delayed After Panel Sends It To Agency For Another Review

Monday, August 22, 2016 at 7:28 PM

by Karen Kasler

A proposed change in a rule on how charter school sponsors would be measured on their compliance with state laws has been delayed for now.

On a party line vote, a Republican-dominated panel of lawmakers sent the charter schools rule back to the state office that reviews regulations for their impact on business. But that office has already done a report on this rule. Republican Sen. Joe Uecker of the Cincinnati area says this move is not just an effort to delay charter school sponsors’ evaluations – which are supposed to come out in October.

Secretary of Education King Talks College Affordability in Cleveland

Monday, August 22, 2016 at 11:27 AM

by Mark Urycki

The U.S. Secretary of Education visited Cleveland Friday to highlight successes at Cuyahoga Community College. He has high hopes for President Obama’s proposal to offer free tuition at community colleges, but not everyone is so optimistic.

State Takes Back $12 Million in Preschool Funding

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 5:47 PM

by Jo Ingles

Changes in the rules involving preschool funding in Ohio have caught the attention of a state lawmaker.

Democratic State Representative Teresa Fedor says more than 3,900 Ohio preschoolers will be affected by a new rule that says state funded schools cannot get federal funding through Head Start – which means those schools will lose $12 million state dollars.

“This is not good government. This is not good oversight. It is the worst thing I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a lot of worse things,” says Fedor.

Yost Blasts Cleveland Schools for Missing Rebates

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 9:31 AM

by Karen Kasler

The state auditor has harsh words for the Cleveland schools in an audit over the district’s failure to cash in one millions in technology rebates.

Auditor Dave Yost reviewed the Cleveland school district’s records after it lost on $8.4 million in federal rebates it had already qualified for but lost out on for missing deadlines to apply.  Yost says a combination of weak policy and bad communication led to a breakdown in the process.

“At the end of the day, this is not a criminal problem, it’s a stupidity problem,” says Yost.

Cleveland Teachers Union Gives Strike Notice

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 5:53 PM

by Michelle Faust

Teachers at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District will strike starting September first, unless the district and the union can come to an eleventh hour deal. The Cleveland Teacher’s Union on Monday night voted to authorize a strike.

The breakdown in negotiations stems from a disagreement with the way CMSD teachers are evaluated.

Based on rules in The Cleveland Plan (a 2012 law to reform the city’s schools), teachers’ pay is linked to performance.

Landlords Near OSU Fear Losing Income To New Sophomore Rule

Monday, August 15, 2016 at 11:45 AM

by Debbie Holmes

There’s a new rule at the Ohio State University.  Sophomores from out-of-town will be required to live in main campus dorms beginning this fall.  It’s a move the university hopes will improve student success and development.  Students start moving in Thursday, and some off-campus landlords say they already feel the loss of rental income.

Secretary of Education Set to Discuss College Affordability in Cleveland

Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7:43 PM

by Michelle Faust

U.S. Department of Education Secretary John King will visit Northeast Ohio Friday, August 19.

Cuyahoga Community College will host a round table discussion lead by Secretary King.

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