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ECOT Appeals ODE Enrollment Review Hearing

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 12:02 PM

by Andy Chow

The state’s largest e-school is fighting to keep up to $60 million that it could lose because of an enrollment audit that the school says was improperly conducted by the state.

The state’s audit found that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, only had about 40 percent of the amount of full time students enrolled than it reported.

Senator Defends Education Department's ECOT Attendance Report

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 4:17 PM

by Andy Chow

The state’s largest online charter school is crying foul after the education department released a report showing it fell short of its estimated attendance by more than 50%. But a top education lawmaker says Ohio taxpayers deserve to know what their money is going towards. 

A review of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow found that more than half of the students enrolled in the school didn’t do enough work to qualify as full time.

CTU Membership Votes Down Tentative Agreement with Cleveland Schools

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 1:39 PM

by Michelle Faust

The Cleveland Teachers Union goes back to the drawing board, after a Thursday vote tally showed members rejected a tentative contract with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Fifty-one percent of union members voted down the tentative agreement.

CTU President David Quolke says he has a few ideas as to why members defeated the contract by a narrow margin.

Watch: Education Round Up on Sound of Ideas: ESSA

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 10:22 AM

This week on Sound of Ideas, StateImpact reporter Michelle Faust discussed the state report cards, the state of Cleveland Schools, and Ohio's ESSA plan.

The full program can be found here:​

Cleveland School Chief Applauds School Reform Law in Address

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 3:41 PM

by Michelle Faust

Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon addressed the state of the city’s schools Wednesday in an event organized by the City Club of Cleveland. The central focus of the speech was on successes in The Cleveland Plan.

Citing improvements in the number of third graders who can read and high schoolers who are graduating, Gordon painted a picture of a better school system since the state of Ohio adopted a plan to overhaul Cleveland schools in 2012.

What is the Every Student Succeeds Act?

Monday, September 12, 2016 at 11:42 AM

State’s all over the country are coming up with their individual plans on how they want to enact the Every Student Succeeds Act—or ESSA. The federal law was enacted last December and goes into effect in the 2017-2018 school year. The Ohio Department of Education is currently taking feedback from stakeholders throughout the state on what their plan should look like.

Votes on the Cleveland Transformation Plan Coming This Month

Friday, September 2, 2016 at 4:27 PM

by Kevin Niedermier

Later this month the board that administers Cleveland’s school transformation plan will vote on a second set of recommendations to boost progress.   

Less Student Testing a Highlight of New CMSD Contract, Says CTU President

Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 4:59 PM

by Michelle Faust

This week, the Cleveland Teachers Union and district representatives reached a tentative contract just days before teachers planned to strike. CTU representatives say one highlight of the agreement is a plan for less student testing.

A major sticking point that stalled negotiations was how student performance would affect teacher evaluations.

David Quolke, CTU president, says he’s confident that union members will be satisfied with the not-yet-public tentative contract, in particular, with the agreement to test students less often.

Ohio Board of Education Member Applauds Tentative Contract

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 4:40 PM

by Michelle Faust

Cleveland Metropolitan School District teachers will work on Friday, averting a planned strike. A local education official applauds the tentative contract reached Tuesday between the Cleveland Teachers Union and CMSD.

Mary Rose Oakar, Ohio Board of Education representative for the Cleveland area, says she’s happy to see the union and the district came to an 11th hour agreement early Tuesday morning. 

Westlake Teachers Have a Contract, Strike Averted

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 9:08 PM

by Michelle Faust

The Westlake City Board of Education and the Westlake Teachers Association have come to an agreement.

The board voted to adopt the newly negotiated contract in a special meeting Tuesday. Teachers voted to accept the proposed contract Monday.

Teachers will receive pay increases based on experience, but base rates of pay are frozen for the length of the contract, which will run through the 2017-2018 school year.

The district saved money with changes in teachers’ health insurance coverage.