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How Ohio School Choice Moved from Vouchers to Charters

Students at E Prep and Village Prep Academy in Cleveland.


Students at E Prep and Village Prep Academy in Cleveland.

The state legislature this spring has been updating rules for how charter schools operate in Ohio.

It’s the latest in the evolution of charters here.

The legislature has been tweaking the rules and regulations on charters every year or two since they began here in 1997.

The first proposal for charter schools goes back 40 years when a University of Massachusetts professor suggested it.  Continue Reading

Research Says Majority of Adjunct Professors Struggle to Find A Full-Time Job–And Respect from Colleagues

A new study finds that roughly 73 percent of adjunct professors are struggling to find a desired full-time job, but as Inside Higher Ed reports, it’s not just more hours–adjuncts also are yearning for more respect from their full-time faculty.

The idea that most adjunct instructors have day jobs and teach one or two courses per semester to make a little extra cash or fulfill a desire for service, or both, has been pretty thoroughly debunked.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

Ohio Wesleyan Research May Have Put Animals in Danger

The U.S. Department of Agriculture found that researchers at the Delaware school didn’t thoroughly investigate if animals used in testing were received adequate treatment, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Ohio Wesleyan University failed to review whether animals are treated humanely in campus research, and one researcher replicated traumatic spinal-cord injuries on guinea pigs without documenting whether alternative procedures were considered, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Voters Approve Roughly 80 Percent of School Tax Issues Across The State


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Collectively, more than 90 school districts asked voters for help with more than 100 school tax issues statewide during Tuesday’s election.

Most of the levies were renewals. According to unofficial results collected by StateImpact Ohio, roughly 90 percent of those requests passed, along with more than half of new money requests.

That’s a slight increase from the past few elections, where districts have struggled to receive voter support when it comes to asking for the approval of additional levies.

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HBCU Asks Alumni to Help Pick Up Students’ Tabs

The Washington Post reports the president of Howard University recently sent out an email to thousands of alumni, asking them to consider picking up the tab of current students currently on the the brink of not graduating due to outstanding fines.

A couple weeks before Howard University ‘s 147th commencement, its president e-mailed tens of thousands of alumni with an urgent and unusual appeal on behalf of 180 seniors in the class of 2015: Help the students pay off their debt so they can get their diplomas.

Read more at: www.washingtonpost.com

Educators Aren’t The Only Ones Grading Common Core-Aligned Exams

Sure, some teachers may be grading students’ responses to the new PARCC exams, but as the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, the group of graders aren’t strictly comprised of educators. Scorers are required to have a bachelor’s degree, but not a teaching license.

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – A teacher or former teacher may be grading your child’s Common Core test. But not necessarily. Pearson Inc., the company administering the new Common Core exams for the 11 states using PARCC (including Ohio), requires test graders to have a bachelors degree, but not a teaching license.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Puerto Rican Engineers Mentor Dayton Youth


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At El Puente Tutoring Center in the Twin Towers district in Dayton, students are preparing balloons for an experiment.

Their instructor, Edgardo Santiago, is a chemical engineer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He says the experiment was inspired by a recent post he saw on Facebook that claimed gas from mixing vinegar and baking soda could be used to float birthday balloons.

“A lot of my friends were, ‘Oh yeah, this is such a great idea. I’m going to try it,’ and I’m like, I’m gonna educate you guys,” he said.

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Increasing Amount of Ohio Teachers Eye Retirement

Thanks to a change in Ohio’s educator pension programs, the Columbus Dispatch reports the State Teachers Retirement System is predicting a slight increase in the number of teachers headed for retirement. More than 200 teachers from Columbus City Schools will retire this year, the highest the rate has been in the past five years.

Ohio teachers have been heading to the exits in large numbers in recent years, propelled by changes in the state’s teacher-pension program. Leaders of the State Teachers Retirement System anticipate another uptick in teacher retirements this year with new rules taking effect in August.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

“Google-In-Residence” Engineers Become HBCU Professors

Diversity’s been a long-standing issue in Silicon Valley, and as NBC News reports, Google’s trying to change that by embedding engineers as professors at several HBCUs across the country.

Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course. First, there was her name: Professor Sabrina. She was an African American woman, kept office hours until 2 a.m. if that’s what it took to see everyone, and had an additional title: Google In Residence.

Read more at: www.nbcbayarea.com

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