Eye on Education

Teacher Turnover Can Mean Big Costs for Districts

Within the first five years of entering the teaching profession, roughly half of new teachers will leave their original district or the profession all together. NPR’s education team spoke with a researcher to learn what schools could potentially do to curb high turnover rates.

Every year, thousands of fresh-faced teachers are handed the keys to a new classroom, given a pat on the back and told “Good luck!” Over the next five years though, nearly half of those teachers will transfer to a new school or leave the profession all together – only to be replaced with similarly fresh-faced teachers.

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The Business Behind Ohio’s Collegiate Sports

In an in-depth look at the money behind the state’s collegiate sports teams, the Dayton Daily News points out that students at 10 of the state’s largest universities are shelling out more than $135 million in mandatory fees or subsidies to support athletics programs.

By Laura A. Bischoff and Jeremy P. Kelley – Columbus bureau College students at 10 of Ohio’s biggest public universities are paying more than $135 million for intercollegiate athletics through either mandatory fees or university subsidies – and most of the students don’t even know it.

Read more at: www.mydaytondailynews.com

When It Comes to Time Spent with Kids, New Research Says It’s Quality over Quantity

New research published in the Washington Post points to the quality of time parents spend with children is more important than the quantity of time.

Do parents, especially mothers, spend enough time with their children? Though American parents are with their children more than any parents in the world, many feel guilty because they don’t believe it’s enough. That’s because there’s a widespread cultural assumption that the time parents, particularly mothers, spend with children is key to ensuring a bright future.

Read more at: www.washingtonpost.com

Ohio State President “Settling In”

Ohio State president Michael Drake has been holding the university’s top spot for nearly a year, but as the Columbus Dispatch points out, a growing worry on campus is that Drake may not have as big of a public profile as some would like.

There’s a running joke among students at Ohio State University that President Michael V. Drake, who has been on the job for nine months, has never been on campus. On a brutally cold day, the joke flew around on social media: “Why would Drake cancel classes? He never sets foot on campus anyway.”

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Cleveland Teachers Are Unhappy About District’s Budget Cuts, New Pay Plan

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, city teachers aren’t too pleased with the district’s administration. At a meeting Thursday evening, members of the Cleveland Teachers Union voiced their complaints about district-wide budget and staff cuts, along with a new pay scale.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland teachers aren’t very happy right now – about a lot of things. Members of the Cleveland Teachers Union filled the auditorium of Collinwood High School Thursday night to complain mostly about how individual schools across the district have to cut budgets, and often staff, for next year.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

The Value of P.E.

NPR’s education team recently spoke to Dr. Gregory Myer, Director of Research at the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, about why schools should take an in-depth look at both the amount of time students spend in physical education classes and the type of exercise activities that are making up students’ days.

When it comes to kids and exercise, schools need to step up and focus more on quality as well as quantity. And, says Dr. Gregory D. Myer, they need to promote activities that develop motor skills, socialization and fun. Myer is one of the authors of a recent paper and commentary on children and exercise.

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House Bill Reforms Charter Schools, Critics Say Bill Falls Short


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The House is taking a shot at reforming charter schools in Ohio.

While several Republican leaders are praising the bill as comprehensive — others believe the legislation falls short.

When newly elected House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger addressed the media earlier this year to lay out his legislative priorities—reforming charter schools was on the list.

Chad Aldis with the pro-charter school group Fordham Institute said Rosenberger stayed true to his word by passing House Bill 2.

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Brookings Offers Ways to Keep Foreign STEM Students for Practical Training and Jobs

Many foreign STEM students have used F-1 student visas for jobs, but not education, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution.

Despite the political and legal fights standing in the way of President Obama’s executive actions to expand relief for undocumented immigrant children and parents, other executive actions on immigration are moving forward. Starting in May, spouses of H-1B workers can apply for employment authorization. Next up are steps to improve the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program.

Read more at: www.brookings.edu

Ohio Supreme Court Considers School Bus Drivers Responsibility

school buses in a row

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The Ohio Supreme Court went on the road this week to Mansfield.  About 500 local high school students listened in on a case which touches on their own behaviors on school buses.

The court heard oral arguments today (Wed) on whether school bus drivers are liable for injuries suffered by students who do not go straight home after leaving the vehicle.

Is the bus driver liable if they are hurt in a traffic accident?

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Toledo Teachers Speak Out Against Testing

The Toledo Blade reports more than 100 teachers protested standardized testing outside of the district’s headquarters. The teachers would like Toledo Public Schools to pull out of the PARCC standardized exams, but as the Blade points out, making that move could have some big consequences for the district.

Toledo-area teachers spoke out Tuesday evening over what they say is the over-testing of students, and said the school district should opt out of a next round of standardized exams. More than 100 teachers rallied outside the Toledo Public Schools headquarters on Manhattan Boulevard, calling for the Toledo Board of Education to adopt a resolution asking for a pause to the tests.

Read more at: www.toledoblade.com

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