Ohio’s largest online charter school is firing back against state officials who say they don’t have enough information to perform an attendance audit. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, says it won’t hand over student log-in times unless a judge tells them to. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.
The Ohio Department of Education says it still needs detailed information on when ECOT’s students logged-in and -out of school every day in order to get a clear idea of how much instruction time they received.
Representatives from Washington, D.C. came to Cleveland recently to announce a federal program intended to help keep disadvantaged kids—particularly young men of color—on a successful path. “My Brother’s Keeper” recently launched in Cleveland and Akron.
There are already mentorship and other educational programs in Cleveland aimed at helping young people of color prepare for college and the work force, but My Brother’s Keeper is meant to bring those efforts under one umbrella.
Maple Buescher loves to read. [photo: Michelle Faust/ ideastream]
I was pretty young when I started reporting, but few start as young as Maple Buescher. This thin, blond, bespectacled 13-year-old is gunning for my job.
“I’ve always been a writer,” says Buescher excitedly. “I hadn’t done a lot of journalism. So, I thought doing this would be an interesting way to get more into journalism. And also to be able to write, and hopefully, get some stuff published.”
Three hundred delegates from the Ohio Education Association—the state’s largest teachers’ labor union—has joined 8,000 colleagues in Washington, D.C. this week to discuss issues in their field and set policy for the National Education Association.
Students at a local all-girls school spent the past semester helping to plan a music festival that will take place this weekend. Ideastream’s Elizabeth Miller has more on what the students learned in the process.
Under the guidance of event promoter Elevation Group, 37 Laurel School students learned about the music industry and how to stage events. LaureLive Executive Producer Denny Young said the class of high school students included several seniors.
[Updated 5/22/16 to add superintendent's statement]
by Michelle Faust
An Immigrant Rights advocacy group filed a class action federal Civil Rights lawsuit against a rural eastern Ohio school district Monday. The court documents allege the Dover City School District failed to educate and systematically discriminated against Latino students.
A rendering of the new Stark State College Akron Building (Courtesy: City of Akron)
Stark State College announced plans to build a campus in downtown Akron.
Stark State College Akron will be a 50-thousand square foot state-of-the-art facility on 11 acres of land, near Route 8 and Perkins Street, with access to the highway and public transportation. The idea is to attract commuter students from throughout Summit to the county’s first community college.
Stark State President Dr. Para Jones says they will continue to partner with the University of Akron, which will be just down the street.
Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) discusses bill in front of House Education Committee. (Andy Chow / Statehouse Bureau)
If you’re confused about parts of the state’s school report card system -- you’re not alone. Lawmakers are pushing for a bill that would require a comprehensive review on one of the more complex sections.
The “value added” component of the state’s school report cards is the measure of how well a school did in advancing a child’s education and looks at specific groups.
Republican Representative Ryan Smith of Bidwell wants the state to look into the data in that category.
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