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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.

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.

Lawmaker, Lobbyist Debate Role Of "Educational Opportunity" In ECOT Attendance Audit

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 1:18 PM

by Andy Chow

The heated dispute between the state and its largest online charter school reached a boiling point this week with a judge’s order for ECOT to turn over its student log-in data. But the e-school is refusing to back down.

 

More than two dozen staffers are working to gather the log-in information of ECOT’s students to hand over to the Ohio Department of Education.

 

The department says it needs that data in order to fill in the gaps of its attendance audit, determining how much instruction a student received each day.

Ohio's Largest Online Charter Hands Over Log-ins

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 5:16 PM

by Andy Chow

The state’s education department won a major battle over the attendance fight with ECOT, Ohio’s largest online charter school.

A judge says ECOT must hand over the log-in information of its 15,000 students in order for the Ohio Department of Education to conduct its attendance audit.

ECOT’s Neil Clark says log-in data is not an accurate way to tally student instruction per day.

College Application Season Begins August 1st

Friday, July 29, 2016 at 5:33 PM

High school seniors can start their college applications on Monday. 

Twenty-seven colleges and universities in Ohio use the Common Application system, which allows a single application to be sent to multiple schools. 

More than 600 intuitions use it nationally.

Brian Williams, Vice President of enrollment at John Carroll University, says it makes the process easier for students and colleges alike. 

Watch: 13-Year-Old Cleveland Reporter Works from RNC

Friday, July 22, 2016 at 4:46 PM

by Michelle Faust

The youngest delegate at the Republican National Convention is 17-years-old, but the reporter who interviewed him is even younger. 

13-year-old Maple Buescher is a middle schooler from Cleveland Heights who’s spent the year as a reporter for Time for Kids—an educational magazine produced by Time.

Of 10 kid reporters with the news outlet, Buescher was the only one who conducted interviews and produced daily stories from the floor of the RNC.

The Battle Over Attendance Between ECOT and ODE Continues

Friday, July 15, 2016 at 6:49 PM

by Andy Chow

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.

'My Brother's Keeper' Launches in Cleveland, Akron

Monday, July 11, 2016 at 8:51 AM

by Michelle Faust

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.

13-Year-Old Clevelander to Report from the RNC

Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 6:32 PM

by Michelle Faust

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.”

Ohio Teachers Join Colleagues in Washington, D.C.

Friday, July 1, 2016 at 6:00 PM

by Michelle Faust

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.

The NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly runs through the weekend.

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