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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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Pre-K Can Now Be Downloaded on A PC

Online education is available in lots of forms: colleges and universities offer web-based courses, and there’s also free Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs). And now, as Marketplace reports, there’s an option for an even younger group. Companies are now offering complete preschool classwork options that are available to be downloaded online.


Now, parents can get an entire preschool curriculum from a computer.

Read more at: www.marketplace.org

Making The Case for Teacher-Led Classrooms

There’s a small handful of teacher-led classrooms popping up across the country: about 70, according to a recent PBS NewsHour report. At Boston’s Mission Hill School, there’s a principal, but decisions are made by the entire teaching staff. Teachers say they listen to their students to create the curriculum. But as host John Tulenko asks, does student performance have to improve in order for teachers to be trusted–or will more teacher independence be linked to higher student performance.


In the face of a top-down hierarchy ruling many public schools these days, some teachers are taking back their classrooms by moving to schools where they create the curriculum and vote democratically on decisions. John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports from Boston on one of about 70 teacher-led schools that have cropped up around the country in recent years.

Read more at: www.pbs.org

Students Earn Work Credentials While in High School

At a handful of Central Ohio schools, some students won’t just be earning a diploma during their high school graduation. As the Columbus Dispatch reports, more than a dozen districts are offering students a chance to earn certificates in technical areas. The hope is that this move will open students up to more opportunities in fields like information technology and health care.


The principal of Reynoldsburg High School’s Health Sciences and Human Services Academy made a commitment to freshmen and their families at last week’s orientation: “My plan is to have all of you walk out of here with a credential in your hand,” Dawn McCloud told them.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Review Site for Common Core-aligned Math Textbooks Will Soon Roll Out

A website claiming to be a “Consumer Reports for school materials” will soon start to share reviews about textbooks aligned to the Common Core– and it could change the education market, EdWeek reports. Nearly 20 educators will begin reviewing the textbook’s content. One of the site’s biggest supporters? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, an organization has already funneled money into the development of the Common Core.


A new group billing itself as a ” Consumer Reports for school materials” will soon begin posting free online reviews of major textbooks and curricula that purport to be aligned to the Common Core State Standards-an effort, some say, that has the potential to shake up the market.

Read more at: www.edweek.org

The Impact of School Nutrition Programs

Until the 1960s, Americans didn’t really have a grasp on the big picture extent of child hunger across America. But as EdWeek reports, it’s still a current problem. Twenty percent of homes with kids are considered food insecure, leaving many to rely on school-provided meal programs.


Yet pockets of child hunger persist America’s understanding of the scale and effects of hunger has grown since President Lyndon B. Johnson established and strengthened many of the country’s food assistance programs 50 years ago.

Read more at: www.edweek.org

Ohio Department of Education Releases Revised Report Cards

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The Ohio Department of Education has recalculated report cards in five school districts after correcting for errors resulting from improper data tampering.

More than 100 revisions were made to 2012 and 2013 school report cards in the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Southern Ohio’s Northridge Local school districts.

All four were cited for manipulating – or scrubbing – attendance records in order to discount student test scores that would drag down their schools ratings.

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NCAA Violates Anti-Trust Rules, Federal Judge Says

By holding back athletes from cashing in on their image, a federal judge has decided the National Collegiate Athletics Association has gone against antitrust laws. The Chronicle of Education reports the decision could allow college athletes at major universities to earn money when their likenesses is used commercially. The Chronicle says the league is expected to overturn the decision.


The National Collegiate Athletic Association has violated federal antitrust laws by unreasonably restraining big-time athletes from trading on their images and likenesses, a federal judge ruled Friday. The ruling, which the association is expected to appeal, could give major-college football and basketball players the chance to earn thousands of dollars a year in deferred compensation for the commercial use of their images.

Read more at: chronicle.com

Ohio Colleges Receive State Money for Improvement Projects

More than $2.71 million dollars was approved by the state controlling board for improvement projects projects at public universities across the state. Kent State was awarded the largest amount to further develop a science lab at their Salem campus, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Improvement projects tallying more than $1.7 million at Kent State University and the University of Akron won approval from the state controlling board on Monday. The projects were part of more than $2.71 million that was cleared for work at colleges and universities around Ohio.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

State School Report Cards’ Release Date Gets Delayed

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Bad weather meant cancellations. Cancellations meant the department state officials had to extend the spring testing window, and in turn, that pushed back the issue of statewide school report cards.

Typically, the department issues report cards in August, but this year they won’t be accessible until mid-September.

The reports grade schools on a variety of areas, including graduation rates and literacy scores, which could be helpful information for districts to analyze before the start of a new academic year.

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Head Start Turns 50

Next year marks a milestone anniversary for Head Start, the federally funded preschool and wraparound services program for low-income children. Over 30 million children have utilized the program over the years, EdWeek reports. The program is in for some major changes in the future, including cozying up with schools and other preschool centers– the same places that may have drawn students away from Head Start.


Ambition, pitfalls intersect in Head Start Few other federal programs so fully embody the heady optimism and charge-ahead spirit of the War on Poverty as Head Start, envisioned 50 years ago as part of that sweeping presidential initiative and brought to life in the summer of 1965.

Read more at: www.edweek.org

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