Among the top stories we’ll be following in 2012 Ohio education news:
- School funding: Look for a new K-12 school funding model from Columbus in the first part of 2012.
- College readiness: Early this year, expect to see Columbus focus on increasing the number of high school graduates who are actually ready to take English and math courses at a four-year university or their local community college.
- Federal action and money: Ohio expects to apply for a waiver from some of the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act in February.
- Private-school vouchers: Ohio lawmakers expanded the state’s voucher program in 2011. We may see more efforts to expand opportunities to use public dollars to attend private schools in 2012.
- Charter school accountability: Will lawmakers attempt to set some kind of performance standards for dropout recovery charter schools in 2012?
- Teachers rising: Changes inside the classroom, like new evaluation systems, preparation for new curricula to be used in 2014–15 and performance pay, continue.
Among the ways to look at these important stories:
- This map of state funding by school district.
- This map of private school enrollment rates by county.
- By telling us in the comments below what you think 2012 holds for Ohio schools.