An American Graduate Champion commits their time, skills and resources to make sure that young people succeed. He or she is an individual who plays an active role in improving educational outcomes for students. A champion is a parent who is active in the lives of young people or a volunteer who creates a positive environment daily for youth in their community.
Today’s global economy demands a more educated workforce. Communities are working together to improve 21st century learning and increase high school graduation rates to prepare more students for college and successful careers. Public media stations across the country are at the center of this community-based work — from quality content and forums to local partnerships and classroom resources — to increase understanding and access to solutions.
American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is a long term public media commitment, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help communities implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. Public media plays a significant role building individual activity, community capacity, and national awareness.
The dropout crisis demands attention now, and we are rising to the challenge of doing our part to address this problem. A new study conducted by the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins School of Education finds that the American Graduate initiative has succeeded in building community capacity to meet the national priority of ending America’s high school dropout crisis.
Working with Alma and Colin Powell’s America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, Johns Hopkins Everyone Graduates Center, and The Alliance for Excellent Education, and over 1000 local partners, the initiative puts faces on the numbers and increases understanding of the risks and solutions through national and local content, covering all facets of the issue for broadcast, web and mobile platforms. In addition, American Graduate is engaging and empowering teachers, parents and students to help those most at risk of dropping out through community collaborations and classroom resources.
More than 80 public radio and television stations in over 30 states have joined forces with over 1000 partners and at-risk schools to shed light on the problem and share solutions. Through American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, public media is increasing national and local reporting, convening diverse local stakeholders, and providing access to free, digital classroom resources for teachers and parents. By working with the community, public broadcasting stations are increasing the footprint of progress, reaching more children and families to seed the foundation for a prosperous economic future for our country.
This week on Sound of Ideas, StateImpact reporter Michelle Faust discussed the sticking points that lead to the Cleveland Teachers Union notice to strike. The strike will begin on September 1st if the Cleveland Metropolitan School District doesn't come to a contract agreement with the union.
A proposed change in a rule on how charter school sponsors would be measured on their compliance with state laws has been delayed for now.
On a party line vote, a Republican-dominated panel of lawmakers sent the charter schools rule back to the state office that reviews regulations for their impact on business. But that office has already done a report on this rule. Republican Sen. Joe Uecker of the Cincinnati area says this move is not just an effort to delay charter school sponsors’ evaluations – which are supposed to come out in October.
Congressperson Marcia Fudge speaking at a 2014 event. [photo: Nick Castele/ ideastream]
The U.S. Secretary of Education visited Cleveland Friday to highlight successes at Cuyahoga Community College. He has high hopes for President Obama’s proposal to offer free tuition at community colleges, but not everyone is so optimistic.
Changes in the rules involving preschool funding in Ohio have caught the attention of a state lawmaker.
Democratic State Representative Teresa Fedor says more than 3,900 Ohio preschoolers will be affected by a new rule that says state funded schools cannot get federal funding through Head Start – which means those schools will lose $12 million state dollars.
“This is not good government. This is not good oversight. It is the worst thing I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a lot of worse things,” says Fedor.
The state auditor has harsh words for the Cleveland schools in an audit over the district’s failure to cash in one millions in technology rebates.
Auditor Dave Yost reviewed the Cleveland school district’s records after it lost on $8.4 million in federal rebates it had already qualified for but lost out on for missing deadlines to apply. Yost says a combination of weak policy and bad communication led to a breakdown in the process.
“At the end of the day, this is not a criminal problem, it’s a stupidity problem,” says Yost.
CTU Negotiations Director Shari Obrenski and CTU President David Quolke sit in the union offices. [photo: Michelle Faust/ ideastream]
Teachers at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District will strike starting September first, unless the district and the union can come to an eleventh hour deal. The Cleveland Teacher’s Union on Monday night voted to authorize a strike.
The breakdown in negotiations stems from a disagreement with the way CMSD teachers are evaluated.
Based on rules in The Cleveland Plan (a 2012 law to reform the city’s schools), teachers’ pay is linked to performance.
Students are moving to start the fall semester. [photo: Debbie Holmes/ WOSU]
There’s a new rule at the Ohio State University. Sophomores from out-of-town will be required to live in main campus dorms beginning this fall. It’s a move the university hopes will improve student success and development. Students start moving in Thursday, and some off-campus landlords say they already feel the loss of rental income.
Secretary King Speaks to journalists at an event in Washington, D.C. [credit: Michelle Faust/ ideastream]
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