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Ohio Department of Education Granted $71 Million for Charter School Expansion

Friday, October 2, 2015 at 12:59 AM

Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan today asked the US Department of Education to put “stringent restrictions” on the distribution of $71 million in grant money for expanding charter schools in Ohio. Eight states were awarded the federal grant earlier this week, with Ohio receiving nearly $30 million more than the next state – Illinois.

Lorain Education Associaton Glad to be More Involved with District’s Recovery Plan

Monday, September 28, 2015 at 4:14 PM

Change is in the works for Lorain City Schools. The district has a new superintendent this year and six new priorities for its academic recovery plan.  The district is in year-two of being supervised by an academic distress commission.

The Ohio Department of Education appointed the commission in 2013 to help improve student performance after Lorain Schools failed to make adequate progress four years in a row.

One of the six new priorities recently outlined by the commission is to recognize the work of the district’s teachers.

ODE Career Advising Policy Requirements Take Affect, Cleveland Schools Prepared

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6:05 PM

It is the Ohio Department of Education’s goal to have middle school and high school students more focused on careers through their education. The ODE is now requiring all Ohio School Districts to have a career advising policy for students. That requirement began at the start of the current school year.

While this policy is new, the Cleveland Metropolitan School district has been giving career advice to its high school students for years and to middle school students since last year.

State School Board Members Worry Youngstown Takeover is all about Charters

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10:44 AM

In one month Ohio House Bill 70 will take effect and the state will take control of Youngstown City Schools.

Democrats on the state board of education see the move as another in a series by the Kasich administration to promote charter schools.

They wanted answers at this week's board meeting in Columbus.

Legislators passed the bill in near secrecy in June with no public debate.  What it will establish is a 5 member Academic Distress Commission with a three member majority chosen by the state school superintendent.

Students Stranded as Columbus Charter Closes

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 10:55 AM

Columbus City Schools are getting plenty of calls from anxious parents after a charter school in Columbus closed its doors.

Some 300 students were left scrambling to find a place to land at the start of the school year.

The Focus on Collective Integrity Academy had survived financial trouble a year ago but its sponsor has now pulled the plug.

Cleveland School CEO Finds Positive Path in Incremental Growth

Monday, August 24, 2015 at 11:13 AM

The CEO of the largest school district in Ohio says the numbers are improving for his district, even if they aren’t yet good.

In his annual State of the Schools address Eric Gordon says Cleveland Municipal School District is on the rebound.

Gordon talked about finding direction by following the north star.  His guiding stars were a number of incremental improvements to let him know he’s on the right path.

Early Start to School Year May Benefit Testing

Monday, August 17, 2015 at 11:20 AM

School started today for students in Cincinnati and Cleveland public schools.

Dayton Public Schools opened last Thursday.

Canton schools are back in session later this week and Akron, Toledo and Columbus City Schools will start next week.

It seems like an early start, but that may be helpful when testing starts in the spring.

If you’re like most of us, when you come back from vacation, your colleagues form a line outside the door and welcome you back to work.

Ohio Ditches PARCC

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 2:15 PM


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After a year filled with concerns from parents, teachers, and lawmakers, Ohio is ditching its current Common Core-aligned standardized testing provider.

Evaluations Rate Most Ohio Teachers as Good

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 5:45 PM



A new statewide report finds the overwhelming number of Ohio teachers are doing a good job.

The Ohio Education Research Center, based at Ohio University, was commissioned by the Ohio Department of Education to go through evaluations of 86 thousand teachers.