Geauga County’s Berkshire and Ledgemont school districts are one step closer to merging. As the News Herald reports, each district’s school board voted to move forward with the beginning stages of a territory transfer process. This may give the districts potential to eventually merge with two other Northeast Ohio districts, but school officials say it’s just the first act in that process.
During the a press conference earlier this week, officials from the Youngstown NAACP chapter called for the firing of Youngstown City Schools’ top two administrators. And as the Youngstown Vindicator reports, that message was reiterated at a school board meeting on Tuesday, where chapter president George Freeman Jr. said the organization’s ready to offer some assistance to the district.
“The NAACP is part of the community at large and we want to see dramatic change,” said Freeman. “We’re willing to be part of the state superintendent’s call to action to the broad community. He says he needs our help. We’re here to offer it to the local elected officials.”
Sleeping students, “hidden rules,” and parent complaints are among the allegations against Lorain City Schools highlighted in a 50-page report from Ohio Department of Education officials, the Morning Journal News reports.
More than 75 percent of all male collegiate Division I basketball players think they’ll eventually join that National Basketball Association. Inside Higher Ed reports the numbers are high when it comes to the professional dreams of other student-athletes, too: 50 percent of football players, 60 percent of hockey players, and 45 percent of female basketball players think they’ll eventually turn pro, but only a tiny fraction ever compete in the next highest level of sports.
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It’s the final countdown.
In just a few weeks, Ohio’s students will take the first set of spring exams aligned to the Common Core.
While approximately 70,000 students took a statewide trial run of the exams last spring, those results didn’t actually count. The Ohio Department of Education administered that specific set of assessments as a way to test the test, shedding light on any glaring errors before the “real” tests roll out on February 16.
And this new batch looks pretty different compared to previous versions of Ohio’s standardized tests.
During a recent television appearance on Fox News, Gov. John Kasich reaffirmed his support of the Common Core. And as the Cincinnati Enquirer reports, the Republican used fairly straight language when explaining his stance on the set of math and English standards for students in grades K-12.
“And we have a problem with the education standards and our children’s ability to compete in the world,” he said. “We’re not going to turn this over to Washington or even to Columbus, our state capital. It’s local schools with local school boards and high standards. I don’t know how anybody can disagree with that unless you’re running for something.”
Only about one-third of Ohio’s 60,000 school choice vouchers are currently being used, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Despite the vacancies, the state’s voucher program is expected to expand.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio State has shelled out roughly $900,000 in both legal bills and costs associated with investigating the band after the firing of the university’s former band director Jonathan Waters. A big chunk–more than $698,000—of that amount came from the creation of a task force charged with examining the band’s culture, the Dispatch says.
Engage the community. Focus on teachers. Give schools and students individual attention. Those nuggets of wisdom come from four school leaders who are up for the National Superintendent of the Year award from a national superintendent association. The group spoke with the Washington Post on the lessons they’ve learned over time.
Former University of Toledo president Dr. Lloyd Jacobs stepped down from his post last summer. Now, as the Toledo Blade reports, the university is searching for his full-time replacement and has narrowed the field down to three candidates.