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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

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. 

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

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.

Students Use Music Festival as Learning Opportunity

Monday, June 13, 2016 at 11:03 AM

By Elizabeth Miller 

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.

Migrant Students Claim Segregation, Discrimination at Dover City Schools

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 5:43 PM

[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.

Stark State College is Building New Campus in Downtown Akron

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 11:08 AM

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.

Lawmakers Seeking To Review Part Of School Report Card System

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 6:41 PM

by Andy Chow

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. 

Ohio Ready For Life After PARCC

Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 6:33 PM

After controversy surrounding last year’s standardized test known as PARCC, the state is now ready for a new testing season with a whole new assessment. Statehouse reporter Andy Chow has more.

The PARCC test was scrapped after just one year following several complaints such as the time spent on testing, the delay in results and questions about how the test was developed.

The new assessments, dubbed simply as Ohio’s state tests, were created using the vendor AIR.