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.
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.
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.
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.
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