Eye on Education

Could Columbus City Schools Be Thinking about A Tax Levy?

The Columbus Dispatch explores the possibility of Columbus City Schools putting a tax levy on an upcoming ballot.

In public education, there are two sure things these days: tests and taxes. Let’s discuss the second one. Although no one on the Columbus Board of Education has uttered the word levy since voters crushed the district’s request in November 2013, a district committee has begun gathering information on how much property taxes would have to rise to replace the remaining amount the district gets from the state’s tangible personal property tax over the next four years.

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Five Spots Remain Open on State’s Higher Education Task Force

Earlier this year, Gov. John Kasich created a group to examine the price of the state’s higher education system, but as the Northeast Ohio Media Group reports, five appointments still remain open.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Gov. John Kasich’s task force to study the costs of higher education is still being formed, nearly four months after he created it. Kasich made three appointments Tuesday to the Ohio Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency in Higher Education.

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When It Comes to Urban Districts, New Research Finds Cleveland Isn’t Doing Too Bad

Cleveland Metropolitan School District faces challenges that are similar to many of its urban counterparts—many of its students are poor or come from challenging backgrounds. But researchers from Cleveland State and Cuyahoga Community College have found that when the district’s test scores are modified to reflect the demographic circumstances, CMSD is exceeding predicted benchmarks, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland schools are doing better than expected — for a district of poor, minority, transient and often learning-disabled students. A recent report from Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College says that despite continuing poor grades on its state report card, the district is beating its predicted performance, given all of its socioeconomic challenges.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Exclusive High Schools May Have A Diversity Problem

Ed Week reports the “excellence gap” still exists between white and minority students, and is especially evident at high-profile, selective high schools.

To make the competitive Pre-Collegiate STEM Academy at Middleton High School reflect the economic and racial diversity of her urban district in Tampa, Fla., Principal Kim D. Moore says it takes a concerted effort. That means going to elementary schools with robotics clubs and inviting middle school students in to practice with the high school mathematics team.

Read more at: www.edweek.org

First Lady Challenges Oberlin Grads in Memorial Day Commencement Speech


Photo courtesy of Tim Rudell / WKSU

First Lady Michelle Obama spent Memorial Day in Northeast Ohio.

She spoke at the graduation ceremony for the Oberlin College class of 2015.

This was the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King addressing the Oberlin class of 1965 with his ‘remain awake’ speech.

America’s first African-American First Lady challenged this year’s graduates to reflect on a half century of change, and commit to bringing more.

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Ohio’s Public Universities Increasingly Rely on Donations

CSU donor Monte Ahuja, who has a business college named him, will co-chair the school's $100m campaign with Donald Washkewicz, who has an engineering college named after him.


CSU donor Monte Ahuja, who has a business college named him, will co-chair the school's $100m campaign with Donald Washkewicz, who has an engineering college named after him.

Not that many years ago only private colleges built endowment funds.

Now, with the higher costs of education and the shrinking support from state governments, even public universities need to ask for donations.

One of the latest is Cleveland State University, which officially kicked off its $100 million campaign this month.

If you’d like to endow a department chair at Cleveland State, it’ll cost you one million dollars.

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Majority of Schools Now Have Shooting Drills

The majority—roughly 70 percent—of schools across the country now have some type of school shooting drill in place, Vox reports, but the precautions may be unintentionally traumatizing students.

Schools are now treating mass shootings like tornadoes and earthquakes – disasters beyond their control that students must be prepared for at all costs. A new survey from the Education Department found that 70 percent of schools practice school shooting drills, up from 53 percent in 2008.

Read more at: www.vox.com

Poor Areas May Lack Resources for Gifted Students

While some economically challenged public districts may offer some screening services and supplemental programs for gifted students, EdWeek reports those efforts may not be strong enough to close the achievement gap.

What does it take to find the country’s most promising, academically talented students? In wealthier enclaves, where gifted education programs often flourish, it can be simply a matter of testing to cream the best from a pool of youngsters who have had high-quality early enrichment and academics.

Read more at: www.edweek.org

Private College Police Departments Will Now Have to Make Records Public

Thanks to a 4-3 state supreme court decision, the Columbus Dispatch reports campus police departments will now be required to make their records public.

Police departments at private colleges and universities are required to release their records to the public, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled today in a case involving Otterbein University. By a 4-3 vote, the court majority found that since private college police forces are a creation of state law and perform an historically government function, they are required to comply with Ohio public records law.

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