Only about one-third of Ohio’s 60,000 school choice vouchers are currently being used, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Despite the vacancies, the state’s voucher program is expected to expand.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio State has shelled out roughly $900,000 in both legal bills and costs associated with investigating the band after the firing of the university’s former band director Jonathan Waters. A big chunk–more than $698,000—of that amount came from the creation of a task force charged with examining the band’s culture, the Dispatch says.
Engage the community. Focus on teachers. Give schools and students individual attention. Those nuggets of wisdom come from four school leaders who are up for the National Superintendent of the Year award from a national superintendent association. The group spoke with the Washington Post on the lessons they’ve learned over time.
Former University of Toledo president Dr. Lloyd Jacobs stepped down from his post last summer. Now, as the Toledo Blade reports, the university is searching for his full-time replacement and has narrowed the field down to three candidates.
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Investigators in the state auditor’s office swept through 30 charter schools to answer a simple question: how many students are showing up for class?
For seven of those schools, auditor Dave Yost said investigators found a big difference between the number of students officials reported to the Ohio Department of Education and the actual headcount.
Earlier this week, Yost’s team published a 57-page report highlighting those attendance rate discrepancies.
“I frankly was shocked to find that 50 percent seems to be the average,” said Yost. “I think most of the folks in the Legislature if you asked them without any backing they would be surprised by 50 percent attendance rate.”
According to the Southern Education Foundation, roughly a third of the country’s students could be categorized as being low-income in 1989. Eleven years later, that number increased to 38 percent. And by 2013, 51 percent of American kids were eligible to receive free or reduced lunches. It’s the highest the rate has recently been.
The General Educational Development test—more commonly known as the GED—underwent some big changes last year. In the past, test takers could take each of the test’s five sections separately, and a passing score could be earned by combining different scores from a handful of test sessions. Now, as NPR’s education team reports, the new update means each person’s scores from previous test models have been wiped away, which may put some people back at square one.
Last month, former Florida governor Jeb Bush threw his hat into the ring of potential presidential contenders. If Bush does run, the education platform he honed during his time in Florida will no doubt be on display. A recent piece in The New Yorker gives lots of context on his history in education, including his moves to introduce both charter schools and voucher programs into the state, along with placing a strong emphasis on high-stakes testing.
In a recent op-ed with the Washington Post, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan mentioned an issue that’s big both here in Ohio and nationwide: standardized testing.
“To measure student progress in a useful way, states need an annual statewide assessment,” he wrote. “But the tests — and test preparation — must not take excessive time away from classroom instruction. Great teaching, not test prep, is what engages students and leads to higher achievement.”
Looking to learn what lessons young children can gleam from the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, NPR’s education team turned to a diverse public elementary school in Washington, D.C., where students rattled off mentions of King and other pioneers of the civil rights movement.
“I know about Dr. King. He changed the laws, so everybody with that skin could go everywhere they want,” one preschool student said.