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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.

Teaching the Hough Riots

Friday, July 15, 2016 at 4:08 PM

By Elizabeth Miller 

As we’ve heard during our series “Hough: Before and Beyond ‘66”, the Hough Riots impacted Cleveland far beyond that week of unrest 50 years ago.  But what about the people who weren’t around for the riots?  How do they find out about Hough’s history, and what lessons can be learned? 

Teaching Cleveland history

Westlake Strike May Be Over

Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 6:46 PM

by Michelle Faust

The teachers strike in Westlake will likely end before the new school year begins. The school board and the union came to a tentative agreement Thursday.

The Westlake Schools Board of Education and the Westlake Teachers Association have reached a compromise on a 3-year contract.

Last month, negotiations broke down and culminated in a teachers’ strike vote.

Now Westlake teachers will vote again on whether to accept the contract and end the strike before the new school year begins.

Westlake Teachers Vote to Strike

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 6:28 PM

by Michelle Faust

Westlake Teachers overwhelmingly voted to strike Wednesday.

The strike vote comes in response to the board of education's Monday decision to implement a contract teachers rejected last month.

The strike goes into effect June 24th for summer programs. The district released a statement saying it is working to find coverage for programs already in progress. 

All other teachers will begin their strike effective August 18th.

 

Discussion Over Gifted Education Continues at State Board of Education

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 6:06 PM

by Michelle Faust

How are gifted children taught in Ohio? That depends on the district. Ohio schools are not required to offer gifted programs. This week, the Ohio Board of Education discussed ways to standardize the approach to educating gifted kids. 

Advocates for gifted children argue that these students need specialized learning.

Westlake Teachers Dangerously Close to Strike

Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 4:53 PM

by Michelle Faust

A small suburban school district in Northeast Ohio is dangerously close to a strike at the beginning of the next school year. Teachers in Westlake could vote to strike on Wednesday.

Everything hinges on the Westlake City Schools' Board of Education vote on Monday night. The board could implement a contract that the Westlake Teacher's Association rejected in a vote last month.

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.

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