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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.

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.

Confusion Over School Grades Expressed In Social Media

Friday, February 26, 2016 at 6:50 PM

The latest school report cards released by the state Department of Education are still sparking conversations and questions about Ohio testing and standards...even on social media. Statehouse reporter Andy Chow explains. 
A Facebook meme -- circulating among parents, teachers and others -- quotes a superintendent questioning why his district’s K-3 Literacy score was so low when nearly all of his students passed the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee.

Some Reactions To School Grades Focus On Timing

Friday, February 26, 2016 at 6:43 PM

Some Democrats and critics of the state's school district report cards say they should have never been released this year since the standardized test used to formulate those grades has since been scrapped. But not everyone agrees. From our Statehouse Bureau Jo Ingles reports.
The Ohio School Boards Association’s Damon Asbury doesn’t have a problem with the grade cards being released but with one caveat.

Cleveland Metropolitan Public School District Ends Face-to-Face Talks with Teachers

Contract negotiations between the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the teachers union are moving to the next phase after district leaders ended talks. 

The District's decision to end face-to-face negotiations took Cleveland Teacher Union leaders by surprise. The union says talks were over before they began after months of meetings and gathering information.

But District CEO, Eric Gordon says he saw no progress being made and would rather see a third-party fact-finder help come up with a contract that both sides can agree on.

Teachers' Expectations for Students Colored by Race

Friday, August 21, 2015 at 11:18 AM

Race matters, according to a new study measuring high school teachers’ expectations for black students.

The survey involving 16 thousand high school teachers around the country finds black teachers are more optimistic about black students than white teachers are.

Researchers at American University and Johns Hopkins would pick a 10th grader and then ask two of his teachers (one white and one black)  about how far they thought the student would go in school.

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A Look Back on The Common Core in 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Lorain eigth grade social studies class

Bill Rice

This fall, Ohio’s school districts officially aligned to the set of math and English standards adopted by the majority of the country.

Parent Trigger ‘Pilot Project’ In Columbus Has No Takers

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM

school buses in a row

Larry Darling / Flickr

Improving low performing public schools is a problem that has troubled educators and parents for decades.

This year, Ohio is trying a new tactic - allowing for parents to take over a troubled school.

Change to Rules Dealing with Specialty Education Positions Takes Next Step

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Ohio flag

Jeff Kubina / Flickr

The state is one step closer towards changing the rules on music and art teachers along with other specialty positions.

But it could still be months before the plan is finalized.

House Bill Caps Amount of Time Allowed for Standardized Testing

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6:18 PM


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Lawmakers want to set a limit on the amount of time spent on mandatory state testing in schools.

Many believe the cap is just scratching the surface of a bigger problem.