Chaza Banda was born in Zambia and didn’t speak much English when she started school in the U.S. eight years. In a few weeks, she’ll graduate from Shaw High School in East Cleveland with credit in several Advanced Placement courses–including English.
StateImpact Ohio and the Columbus Dispatch’s joint coverage of the misuse of seclusion rooms in Ohio schools resonated with readers and lead to new rules about the use of seclusion and restraint in Ohio schools.
Now our work has been recognized by our peers, the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Association.
The Ohio APME named StateImpact Ohio the first-place winner in continuing coverage and second-place winner in investigative reporting for the Locked Away series.
It’s now easier for teachers coming from out-of-state to come work in Ohio – as long as they’ve been teaching for the last five years consecutively and are not coming from Alaska, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota or Wyoming.
The Ohio Department of Education’s former chief financial officer plead guilty in federal court to one count of possession of child pornography.
And the rapid pace of school reform may mean Ohio policymakers risk the failure of ambitious efforts to improve schools if the pace doesn’t slow, said Fordham’s Terry Ryan.
Still, “when it comes to Ohio’s reform agenda, are we pushing too hard, too fast? Should we think about slowing it down a bit?” Ryan asked.
“The resistance in the field [to the reforms] is such that a lot of them are going to be blown up.”
Law enforcement officials told Ohio’s state school board Tuesday that allowing teachers to carry guns in schools would not make schools safer.
State Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Copley, told the board he’s leading a school-safety working group developing school-safety policy proposals. Those proposals are not likely to include arming teachers or other school staff, the Associated Press reports.
Last night the Cleveland school board unanimously agreed to what city and union officials are hailing as a groundbreaking teacher contract for Ohio. Union members will vote later this month.
The contract spells out a new basis for teacher pay hikes. Raises merely for lasting another year in the job are out; so are automatic bumps for an extra degree. Instead, “pay for performance” is in.Continue Reading
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David Vasconez is running radio ads in Ohio for his company’s new online charter school. He’s working on a sponsorship deal with a minor league sports team. And there’s a grassroots student recruitment plan in the works.
But Vasconez and his colleagues at EdisonLearning don’t actually know if the state will approve the new online charter school the company wants to open next year. They can’t even put in their application with the state until Friday, at the earliest.
Still, Vasconez said EdisonLearning is eager to get into the Ohio online school market.
“Even though we weren’t the first in Ohio, we don’t want to be the last,” he said.
Every time I write about the Common Core, I describe it something like this:
The Common Core is a set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math and English at each grade level. It was developed by teachers, math and language experts and others in an effort organized by state school chiefs and governors.
But earlier this month, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten provided a different explanation, one she says better describes the Common Core for parents and others not steeped in education jargon:
Carla Hale, the gay teacher recently fired from a Columbus-area Catholic school, does not have her union’s support in her efforts to get her job back.
Hale was initially fired from Bishop Watterson High School after naming her girlfriend in an obituary for her mother.
Hale argues she was fired for being gay. The Catholic church has maintained that she was fired for revealing a “quasi-spousal relationship” outside of marriage.
Our colleagues at WOSU report the Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators said it will not support Hale in her efforts to get her job back:
In a letter from the teachers’ union Hale provided to WOSU, union President Kathleen Mahoney stated, “[the union's] decision should not be interpreted as reflecting unfavorably upon Ms. Hale as a person or as an educator.”