Eye on Education

Federal Government Rolls Out College Ratings System

For more than a year, the federal government has been developing a college ratings system. On Friday, the administration released the first step. The New York Times reports the new “draft framework” leaves lots of room to develop how the ratings will be calculated, but ultimately the plan calls for grouping schools into three categories: the good, the bad, and those somewhere in-between.

In a report released Friday, the Obama administration offered its first public glimpse of a planned system for rating how well colleges perform, saying it wanted to group schools into three broad categories – good, bad and somewhere between.

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New Survey Says The Country’s Best College Town Is Right in Ohio

Looking for the best college town in America? Look no further than Miami University’s home base of Oxford, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The findings are based on a new study from WalletHub. Oxford wasn’t the only Ohio city making an appearance. Bowling Green ranked as the 28th best city, while Columbus, Kent, Cincinnati, Dayton, Cleveland, Akron, and Toledo each came in slightly lower on the company’s survey.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The city of Oxford, home to Miami University, is the best college town in the country, according to a new study by WalletHub. The personal finance website ranked 280 college cities based on an analysis of 23 metrics, including quality of higher education, crime rates and cost of living.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Report Says Common Core May Present A Communication Challenge

States that have adopted the Common Core—including Ohio—may have a tough time communicating about the standards with the public, EdWeek reports. The findings are based on a recent report from the Government Accountability Office, which also points out that education officials are also nervous about successfully delivering the accompanying standardized testing and having high-quality professional development sessions for teachers. States developing their own, non-Common Core standards may face a similar plight, EdWeek says.

By Alyson Klein States that are implementing the Common Core State Standards and those going with their own college-and-career ready expectations are using the same strategies-and facing the same types of challenges, according to a Government Accountability Office report released last week.

Read more at: blogs.edweek.org

Local School Districts Are Subsidizing Ohio Charter Schools, Report Says


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A new study by an Ohio education watchdog group says local tax revenue is essentially subsidizing charter schools, which are non-traditional schools that are often run by outside groups.

And the state’s charter schools have been taking a beating lately.

In the last week, multiple studies have criticized their performance.

The most recent report from the Ohio Charter School Accountability Project takes issue with the state’s complicated funding formula.

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Post-Protests, Oberlin Students Won’t Have Their Grades Suspended

Recently, Oberlin College have been spending the last few weeks of the semester speaking out against police brutality issues both on-and-off campus. After spending more time protesting, the Chronicle-Telegraph reports students then asked the school administration for flexibility regarding this semesters’ grades. But the school denied their request, telling students to instead individually contact their professors regarding timelines and due dates.

“I deeply appreciate the issues that you have raised, especially the primary concern that we do everything possible to support, and most importantly, retain every member of the Oberlin College community during this incredibly difficult time,” college president Marvin Krislov wrote in a letter to students.

OBERLIN – Oberlin College students who sought to have their grades suspended because they’ve been protesting police brutality on and off campus will not get their wish. College President Marvin Krislov on Sunday issued a letter denying the students’ request. Last week, a group of Oberlin students presented a petition signed by 1,300 of their Read More…

Read more at: chronicle.northcoastnow.com

Parent Trigger ‘Pilot Project’ In Columbus Has No Takers

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Improving low performing public schools is a problem that has troubled educators and parents for decades.

This year, Ohio is trying a new tactic – allowing for parents to take over a troubled school.

Under a ‘pilot project’ set by Ohio lawmakers, nearly two dozen Columbus City schools are eligible for the so-called ‘parent trigger’ option.

With an end of year deadline approaching the state’s largest district has not received a parent petition.

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Teach For America Could Struggle with Recruitment

Teach For America recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. But as the Washington Post reports, the oft-criticized teacher training program may not hit its yearly recruitment goals by 25 percent. Officials from the organization said the current “polarized public conversation around education” may play a factor.

Growing criticism about Teach For America and a polarized education reform debate is affecting recruitment of new corps members and the organization “could fall short of our partners’ overall needs by more than 25 percent” next year, TFA officials say.

Read more at: www.washingtonpost.com

The National Higher Ed Influcers of 2014

It’s that time again–recaps of the year that was 2014 are beginning to roll out. The Chronicle of Higher Education kicks it off, looking at some of the big power-players in higher education over the past year. Some of the featured names include Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary for the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, along with the American Studies Association, who planned an academic boycott of Israel.

These people made a mark on higher education-for better or worse-this year.

Read more at: chronicle.com

University of Dayton President Announces Departure

Late last week, University of Dayton president Dan Curran announced plans to step down in June 2016. During his 14 years in the post, both the campus’ endowment and first-year application rates doubled, the Dayton Business Journal reports. Curran will take a year off before rejoining the campus as a faculty member.

Dan Curran, the first lay president in University of Dayton history, has decided to step down as president of UD in June 2016. UD made the announcement Tuesday afternoon and said its board of trustees will conduct a national search for his successor.

Read more at: www.bizjournals.com

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