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Ohio’s first charter school opened 15 years ago. And in those early days of the charter school movement, things were rather “feudal,” says Bill Sims, head of the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools:
Initial stakeholders had their own lobbyists. They had their own ramparts but without much of a developed community roundtable. And i think much of what’s happened in those 15 years is that the community has been much more effective in working together.
The Ohio Senate unanimously passed a bill today that would make several changes to how teachers’ job performance is evaluated in what state Sen. Joe Schiavoni called “legislation to improve the morale of educators across the state.”
“For the first time since I’ve been down here, I’ve actually gotten calls from teachers and school administrators saying ‘Thank you for listening,’” he said.
Legislation that would make major changes to what students need to do to graduate from high school is moving through the hearing process with little testimony and few questions, Gongwer News Service reports.
HB 193 would create four new ways for students to earn high school diplomas.
But the Ohio Department of Education is concerned that some of the new ways set too low a bar for students.
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A major hospital system and highly-rated school district are teaming up to create a four-year medical program for high school students.
University Hospitals and the Beachwood school district say the venture will better prepare students for medical careers. It’ll be a blend of Honors and Advanced Placement courses with internships and summer course work in University Hospitals facilities.
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Thanks to a provision in the state budget, Ohio’s school districts can now tap into a new grant aiming to make their buildings safer.
Online enrollment for the $12 million program for public schools known as the School Security Grant started earlier this fall.
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College applications deadlines are approaching, and Ohio students are figuring out how to fund that education. Compared with several years ago, financial aid is down, and student debt is up.
The total budget for need-based aid in the state of Ohio peaked in 2008 at $183 million, while the 2013 budget is just $86 million. Budget cuts in 2009 are responsible for a lot of that change. And while federal Pell Grant funding has increased dramatically, that growth has been outpaced by increases in tuition and living costs.
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OEA Executive Director Larry Wicks
The executive director of Ohio’s largest teachers union, the Ohio Education Association, will retire at the end of this year after more than 40 years working with teachers unions in Ohio and other states.
Larry Wicks has served as the Ohio union’s executive director since 2008. He led the successful 2011 campaign to repeal Senate Bill 5, which would have limited public sector collective bargaining.
The Common Core standards for English and language arts that Ohio and 44 other states have adopted call for a focus on depth over breadth, more challenging readings, and increased emphasis on nonfiction.
Michael Buckley, author of the popular NERDS series and an Ohio native, says those changs means writers for children may have to evolve.
Today a grand jury indicted four Steubenville current and former school employees and volunteers on charges related to the rape of a teenage girl last year. The charges relate to impeding the investigation into the rape, failing to report child abuse and other accusations.
Steubenville Superintendent Michael McVey faces five counts, including tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.
The other people indicted include Matthew Belardine, a former volunteer assistant football coach; Seth Fluharty, an assistant wrestling coach and special education teacher; and Lynnett Gorman, the principal of West Elementary.