Eye on Education

School Enrollments Drop in Cuyahoga County

Over the past 10 years, Cuyahoga County has lost 12,000 students, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Several factors have contributed to the deficit—a decline in birth rates, a lack of new construction, and older residents reaming in their homes, NEOMG says.

SOLON, Ohio – Solon schools wants to close an elementary school. Strongsville is looking to close two. Parma closed four schools. All because the number of students attending Cuyahoga County public schools is shrinking. “The public school system has been losing students statewide,” said Tracy Healy, the head of FutureThink, which helps schools with district planning.

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College Candidates Clean Up Their Social Media Accounts

For many teenagers, using social media can be as second nature as breathing—which could be troublesome when it comes time for college applications. But as the New York Times reports, more college admissions officers are seeing a decrease in online posts that may hurt a student’s shot at admission.

“Students are more aware that any impression they leave on social media is leaving a digital fingerprint,” Kaplan’s vice president for college admissions Seppy Basili told the paper. “My hunch is that students are not publicly chronicling their lives through social media in the same way.”

Admissions officers at Morehouse College in Atlanta were shocked several years ago when a number of high school seniors submitted applications using email addresses containing provocative language. Some of the addresses made sexual innuendos while others invoked gangster rap songs or drug use, said Darryl D. Isom, Morehouse’s director of admissions and recruitment.

Read more at: www.nytimes.com

Ohio Superintendents to White House for ConnectEd

Pupils using tablets in Mentor

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Pupils using tablets in Mentor

Two Ohio school superintendents were among 100 others from around the country who visited the White House Wednesday.

They were invited by President Obama for their efforts to introduce technology in the classroom. The president asked them to spread the word of online learning.

Mentor school superintendent Matt Miller and Reynoldsburg superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning joined 98 other local education leaders at the White House to participate in the President’s Connect-Ed initiative.

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Kasich Reiterates Support for Common Core

Taking part in a panel discussion with other state leaders at the Republican Governors Association conference in Florida, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reports Gov. John Kasich reiterated his support for the Common Core yesterday.

“I don’t see somehow that this is a ‘ObamaCore’ or some other kind of thing that I hear,” Kasich said, according to NEOMG. “I have looked at it carefully. If the federal government starts meddling in this, if you start trying to do all this education policy out of Washington, I’m not for that. But as long as local school boards and parents are involved in writing the curriculum to reach a higher standard, particularly in math and science … that makes a lot of sense.”

On three policy issues important to the party’s conservative base Kasich tracked more moderate than his potential rivals for the GOP nomination. And while many were happy to bash President Barack Obama, particularly as he plans an executive action around immigration reform, Kasich called for “cooler heads.”

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Review of Ohio State Marching Band Finds More Examples of Inappropriate Behavior

After a four-month long review, former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery has released her findings into the Ohio State University Marching Band. The university asked Montgomery to investigate the culture of the band in the wake of the firing of director Jon Waters. And as our partners at WOSU report, Montgomery found additional examples of inappropriate behavior and poor university oversight of the band.

After a four-month long review, former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery has released her findings into the Ohio State University Marching Band. The University asked Montgomery to investigate the culture of the band in the wake of the firing of director Jon Waters.

Read more at: wosu.org

Students Are Less Interested in Becoming STEM Teachers, Report Finds


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For the past few years, the acronym STEM–which stands for science, technology, engineering, math– has been one of the biggest buzzwords in the education world and beyond.

According to a new report issued by the ACT, students are still digging those content areas, but perhaps not enough to consider a future career as a math or science teacher.

Roughly half of the 1.8 million nationwide members of the Class of 2014 who took the college entrance exam expressed an interest in STEM fields.

Out of that group, slightly more than 4,400 students indicated they wanted to become a math teacher, while 1,115 students planned for a career as a science teacher.

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Several Northeast Ohio Universities Consider Sharing Services

A handful of the state’s biggest universities are practically neighbors–Kent State, The University of Akron, and Youngstown State all are situated in the Northeast Ohio region. And as KSU’s student-run news website reports, that close proximity may make a solid case for the universities to work together to share certain services and programs. Each university has a new president at the helm, and the three met for dinner this summer to chat about ideas. Nothing is set in stone, but Kent Wired reports Akron and KSU may be considering a shared Ph.D nursing program.

An article published by The Columbus Dispatch on Nov. 6 stated the three universities were planning to consolidate services, but Eileen Korey, associate vice president and chief communication office at the University of Akron, said this is not the case.

Read more at: www.kentwired.com

House Bill Caps Amount of Time Allowed for Standardized Testing


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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.

The bill says students can spend no more than four hours on a state standardized test. That’s per student—per subject—per year.

The state’s teachers unions are in favor of the bill.

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Measure Opening Door to Teacher Merit Pay Passes Ohio House Committee


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The state is one step closer towards repealing the law that mandates a minimum salary schedule for teachers — opening the door to a merit-based pay system.

State law spells out the minimum a teacher should get paid and then creates a salary schedule throughout that teacher’s career.

A bill passed by the House Education committee gets rid of that specific schedule, and instead requires local school districts to come up with their own systems.

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Universities Tout Benefits of A Post-Baccalaureate Degree

Colleges are encouraging young graduates to return to campus and enroll in classes—but not for a masters degree. Instead, as the Chronicle of Higher Education reports, universities are wooing potential students who already hold a four-year liberal arts degree to earn another bachelor’s degree. But now, institutions are encouraging enrollment in fields that may have more high paying job opportunities.

Matt Staten graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in anthropology and archaeology. He loved the field and was eager to apply his skills in the real world. But that was in December 2009, the depth of the recession.

Read more at: chronicle.com

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