Eye on Education

Amy Hansen

Broadcast Reporter

Amy Hansen is an education reporter/producer for StateImpact Ohio. Amy previously was an enterprise reporter for The Beaver County Times in Western Pennsylvania, where she covered in-depth community issues such as hunger and homelessness. Amy has also worked for WGBH’s FRONTLINE and The Boston Herald. The Pittsburgh native holds an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College, where she was the 2013 Journalism Graduate Student of the Year, along with a B.A. in Mass Media Communications from The University of Akron.

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Majority of Schools Now Have Shooting Drills

The majority—roughly 70 percent—of schools across the country now have some type of school shooting drill in place, Vox reports, but the precautions may be unintentionally traumatizing students.

Schools are now treating mass shootings like tornadoes and earthquakes – disasters beyond their control that students must be prepared for at all costs. A new survey from the Education Department found that 70 percent of schools practice school shooting drills, up from 53 percent in 2008.

Read more at: www.vox.com

Poor Areas May Lack Resources for Gifted Students

While some economically challenged public districts may offer some screening services and supplemental programs for gifted students, EdWeek reports those efforts may not be strong enough to close the achievement gap.

What does it take to find the country’s most promising, academically talented students? In wealthier enclaves, where gifted education programs often flourish, it can be simply a matter of testing to cream the best from a pool of youngsters who have had high-quality early enrichment and academics.

Read more at: www.edweek.org

Private College Police Departments Will Now Have to Make Records Public

Thanks to a 4-3 state supreme court decision, the Columbus Dispatch reports campus police departments will now be required to make their records public.

Police departments at private colleges and universities are required to release their records to the public, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled today in a case involving Otterbein University. By a 4-3 vote, the court majority found that since private college police forces are a creation of state law and perform an historically government function, they are required to comply with Ohio public records law.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

The Future of Northeast Ohio’s Public Universities Is Bright, Presidents Say

In a speech aiming to rebrand The University of Akron as “Ohio’s Polytechnic University,” university president Scott Scarborough may have ruffled a few of his colleagues’ feathers. During last week’s speech at The City Club of Cleveland, Scarborough wondered what kind of longevity other Northeast Ohio universities would have unless they potentially implemented some changes. Crain’s Cleveland reports presidents at a handful of other nearby universities called their outlooks of Northeast Ohio’s higher education future “much more optimistic”.


Read more at: home.crainscleveland.com

PARCC Shaves 90 Minutes Off of Exams

Students won’t be spending as much time on Common Core-aligned exams. EdWeek reports test creator PARCC will shave an hour and a half off of the current 10+ hours of testing. Eleven states, including Ohio, and Washington D.C. administer the PARCC assessments.

In the face of rising opposition to testing, the PARCC consortium has decided to carve 90 minutes off its 10- to 11-hour-long assessment, and shift the start of testing to later in the school year.

Read more at: www.edweek.org

Gov. John Kasich’s Stance on Charter Schools



Right from his very first term, Kasich made his views on school choice–including charter schools–very clear.

“More choice, more accountability, more dollars in the classroom instead of bureaucracy will improve our schools, and we are going to have a significant reform agenda,”  he said in his State of the State address in 2011.

Since then, the number of publicly funded, privately run schools has grown from around 325 schools to more than 370 today.

Those schools received strong financial support under Kasich’s latest budget proposal.


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Head Start Turns 50

Head Start, the federal program aimed at offering educational and social opportunities to low-income children, was established 50 years ago. PBS Newshour takes a look back at the group’s progress over the past five decades.

GWEN IFILL: Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson announced the creation of Head Start, the government program designed to support low-income children and families. In our latest American Graduate report, the NewsHour’s April Brown has the story of how it’s changed the lives of millions of children.

Read more at: www.pbs.org

Cleveland Metropolitan School District Prepares for Verdict of High-Profile Case

As the city awaits the verdict of the Michael Brelo trial, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Cleveland Metropolitan School District told parents that while “contingency plans are in place,” students won’t face any consequences if parents feel like it’s safer for students to stay home after the decision is released.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland schools will stay open when the verdict in the Michael Brelo trial is announced, but parents can keep their kids home if they feel that is safer, the district told parents in a recorded phone call Friday night.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Concussion Fears Push Some Collegiate Athletes into Early Retirement

While the exact number of college students choosing to leave athletics behind is hard to accurately calculate, Inside Higher Ed reports medical officials say more athletes are deciding to leave their sports in fear of the possible long-term effects of concussions.

During Anna Cassell’s career playing women’s soccer at Northwestern University, she suffered three concussions in 15 months. At first, her third concussion didn’t seem as severe as the earlier injuries, she said. But the symptoms lasted much longer. She spent eight months redshirting, trying to recover.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

The Decline of The In-State Tuition Break

Many states offer a lower price tag for college students enrolling at a public university in their home state–but as the New York Times reports, that break could be slowly fading away.

A few weeks ago, I took my daughter to see the latest Disney movie. Because it was early in the afternoon, and my daughter is 5, I expected to get a significant discount on the price of our tickets. The electronic ticket kiosk had other intentions. “1 Adult: $11.00″ and “1 Child: $10.00.”

Read more at: www.nytimes.com

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