Eye on Education

Handling of Student Data Still An Issue in Columbus Schools

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A new internal audit by Columbus City Schools found administrators continued marking students as having withdrawn without providing proper documentation, well after the superintendent vowed the practice would stop.

The audit is a follow-up to one in 2012 that found school administrators improperly altered attendance data with the intention of inflating performance on state report cards.

The follow-up audit concludes that of the eighteen recommendations issued in the original 2012 report, only four have been implemented, nine have been partially implemented and five have not been implemented at all.

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Youngstown State’s Presidential Interview Slate Includes Jim Tressel

Earlier today, Youngstown State released their short list of candidates to replace outgoing president Randy Dunn, who’s leaving the school after just nine months. On the list is a familiar Ohio name– former Ohio State and YSU football coach Jim Tressel. He’s also one of three candidates being considered to snag the same role at The University of Akron.

YOUNGSTOWN Besides Jim Tressel, the former Youngstown State University and Ohio State University head football coach, the list of six candidates to be interviewed for the YSU presidency includes: Gayle L. Ormiston, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va; Mary Cullinan, president and English professor, Southern Oregon University; Gary L.

Read more at: www.vindy.com

Report Fuels Debate About Ohio’s Method For Funding Charter Schools

Jason Stragand, co-founder of I Can charter schools in Cleveland.

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Jason Stragand, co-founder of I Can charter schools in Cleveland.

A new report adds to the ongoing tension between publically funded, but privately operated charter schools and traditional public schools.

Innovation Ohio’s recent analysis shows that half of the money transferred from school districts to charter schools in the 2012-2013 school year went to charters with lower performance ratings on the state report card.

The report also finds that all of the money transferred to charters results in six percent less money for kids in traditional districts.

Stephen Dyer, a fellow with the left leaning think tank, says the report points to what he thinks is a fundamental flaw in the way that charter schools are funded.

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Apprenticeships Gain Renewed Attention

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A piece of machinery at Bluffton's Grob Systems.

On the shop floor at Grob Systems in Bluffton, Alex Shaw tells me there’s one thing he loves to do.

“Farm,” he said. “If I’m not here, I’m on the farm.”

But on this recent morning, the soft spoken 20-year-old is operating a CNC machine–CNC stands for “computer numerical control.

Over the shop’s constant low hum, he said  he loves farming so much that he really wanted to go to college to study agricultural business.  But the thought of taking out loans to pay for college made him nervous, so instead, he went a different route, and entered Grob’s apprenticeship program.

“College is good, but it’s also not for everyone,” Shaw said. “Especially a four year college. You can walk out of a four year college and not find a job, and here you’re not in debt, and you have a job.”

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In Ohio, College Degree Attainment Ticks Up Only Slightly

An annual survey by the Lumina Foundation shows that Ohio has been unable to significantly boost the number of working-age adults in the state with a two or four-year college degree. As the Plain Dealer reports, the survey shows in one year the rate of degree attainment increased one percentage point, from 35.5 percent to 36.5 percent. State officials have set a goal of 60 percent by 2020.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Despite local and state efforts to increase the number of residents with associate or bachelor’s degrees, Ohio continues to lag in college attainment, according to the Lumina Foundation.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Steubenville Coach Found Guilty For Role in Rape Case

Matthew Belardine has been found guilty for holding a party at his home in 2012 where underage drinking led to a 16-year-old girl getting raped. The Plain Dealer reports Belardine has been sentenced to serve 10 days in jail, pay a $1000 fine, and complete 40 hours of community service. Belardine was indicted along with a handful of other school officials for their knowledge of and involvement with the party where the rape occured.

CLEVELAND, Ohio –A former volunteer Steubenville football coach accused of allowing underage drinking at a 2012 party attended by a 16-year-old girl and two high school football players convicted last year of raping her, was sentenced today to serve 10 days in jail.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Jim Tressel Lands A Spot on The University of Akron’s List of Presidential Finalists

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The University of Akron has narrowed their presidential search candidates down to three– and there’s a familiar name on the list.

Jim Tressel, the campus’ current executive vice president for student success and former Ohio State football coach, is one of the finalists.

Akron’s top potential candidates also include Ronald Nykiel, The University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, along with Scott Scarborough, current provost and executive vice president at The University of Toledo.

Within the next two weeks, each candidate will spend a day on campus interviewing with administrators, trustees, faculty, and students.

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Cleveland’s New Early College High School Grants Diplomas And Associates Degrees



As the cost of higher education continues to rise, more students are looking for ways to earn a college degree at a lower price.

Over the past decade, several early college programs have cropped up in Ohio that allow students to earn some college credit before completing high school.

Most programs involve a partnership between a public high school and a local state college or university.

But not Cleveland’s newest higher education partner.  In fact, their partner is not even in the state.

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Kent State’s Presidential Search Still Raising Eyebrows At Journalism School

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Beverly Warren was elected the new president of Kent State University back in January, but her appointment is still under scrutiny.

Most of the faculty at KSU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication are protesting the secrecy surrounding the late stages of the university’s search that led to hiring Warren.

The Beacon Journal has been questioning the search for weeks, including why the university will not release the names of other finalists for the job and why it signed a contract that gave a private search firm control over key records.

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Only Minor Bugs Revealed In Common Core Field Test

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Nearly half of Ohio school districts have just finished up a trial run of tests incorporating Common Core, the new set of education standards adopted by most states.

And state officials say they’re pleased with the outcome.

It’s the first field test of the new Common Core English and math assessment, which are more focused on analysis and problem solving than rote memorization.

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