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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“I Wish My Teacher Knew” Notes Goes Viral

A Colorado teacher proposed a relatively simple request to her students, prompting them to reveal something they’d like their teacher to know. As ABC News reports, she called some of the responses “heartbreaking,” including one that read “I wish my teacher knew I don’t have pencils at home to do my homework.”

Kyle Schwartz teaches third grade at Doull Elementary in Denver. Although she says her students are a pleasure to look after, the educator of three years adds that many of them come from underprivileged homes. “Ninety-two percent of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch,” Schwartz tells ABC News.

Read more at: abcnews.go.com

The Stories Behind Brutus

It’s one of the most recognizable collegiate mascots, especially here in Ohio: Brutus the Buckeye. The Columbus Dispatch spoke with a few former students who portrayed the mascot, along with the lessons they learned.

Emily Williams has two lasting memories from her years serving as Ohio State University mascot Brutus Buckeye – one that happened on a football field and the other on a deathbed. “Being on the field when we won the 2002 national championship was exhilarating,” Williams said.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Former Cleveland Schools CEO Under Federal Investigation

Following a seven year stint as the CEO of Cleveland Metropolitan School District and a similar position in Detroit, Barbara Byrd-Bennett became CEO of Chicago Public Schools in 2012. Now, federal investigators are looking into the circumstances surrounding a $20.5 million contract given to a business that she used to work for, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Federal authorities are investigating Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and a $20.5 million contract the district awarded on a no-bid basis to a training academy that formerly employed her, sources said. The ongoing federal investigation follows a long-running probe by the district inspector general’s office into the contract given to the SUPES Academy.

Read more at: www.chicagotribune.com

Teach For America’s Recruitment Struggle

Since its inception in 1990, Teach For America has placed more than 33,000 educators in low-income districts across the country. But now, as PBS Newshour reports, the program is struggling to recruit new candidates.

Since the organization began in the 1990, Teach For America has sent more than 33,000 participants to lead classrooms in low-income, high-need communities. The competitive program has been a top choice for college grads, but recently it’s had more trouble with recruiting.

Read more at: www.pbs.org

Cleveland Schools CEO Talks the Cleveland Plan, Charters, And The Future

Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon

Bill Rice

Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon

At the annual State of the Schools address last fall, Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon called 2013-14 the “year of disruption that yielded tangible results.”

The majority of that speech centered around the progress of the district’s plan to transform the city’s schools, also known as the Cleveland Plan.

We checked in with Gordon earlier this week for a conversation that included a refresher on the cornerstones of the plan, the district’s relationships with charter schools, and what type of work still needs to be done.

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Taking A Deeper Look into Greek Life

From an Oklahoma fraternity’s racist chant to party damages at a Michigan hotel, the recent actions of Greek Life members have earned some national limelight. Often, members will reiterate that it’s just a small chunk of its group causing problems, but Inside Higher Ed looks at “how many apples it takes to spoil the barrel.”

The scene that greeted employees of the Treetop Resort in late January looked like a tornado had passed through. Doors hung off their hinges, holes pocked the walls, debris and pieces of ceiling covered the hallway. But this wasn’t the work of a freak winter storm.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

House Republicans Take A Crack at Kasich’s School Funding Plan

The House GOPs added an extra 200 pages of amendments to Gov. John Kasich’s budget, and as the Columbus Dispatch reports, a chunk of those additions pertained to the proposed school funding formula.

Fewer school districts would be hit with a state funding cut, the state auditor would be barred from public-records issues and Ohioans would get a 6.3 percent income-tax cut as part of the roughly 200 amendments House Republicans added to the two-year state budget. Gov.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Possible Clues to Hillary Clinton’s Education Platform

Well, it’s official: Hillary Clinton is running for president. EdWeek takes a look at the Democratic candidate’s education record, along with what education platforms she may possibly include in her campaign.

It’s been pretty clear for quite a while now that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was going to run for president. But what’s less clear, even now that she’s announced: Where would Clinton take the nation-and a divided Democratic Party-when it comes to testing, the Common Core State Standards, accountability, charter schools, and education funding?

Read more at: blogs.edweek.org

Ohio State’s Tuition May Increase

Prices may be going up at Ohio State. At a board of trustees meeting earlier this week, the Columbus Dispatch reports campus leaders brought up potentially raising a plethora of fees along with tuition, including room and board and technology fees, but the school will have to wait until state lawmakers decide on a finalized figure on in-state tuition caps.

Ohio State University leaders started discussions yesterday on a possible tuition increase, but they won’t know until June how much the state will let them raise in-state costs. State lawmakers are still sorting out their two-year budget, including tuition caps that would limit increases at all public universities in Ohio.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Toledo Area Colleges Come Together to Create Consortium

The University of Toledo and two area community colleges–Terra State and Northwest State–are coming together to find ways to save money and become more efficient, the Toledo Blade reports.

The University of Toledo’s interim president will sign an agreement today to join regional higher education institutions in a group effort aimed at efficiency and affordability. Nagi Naganathan said UT, Terra State Community College, and Northwest State Community College will ink a memorandum of understanding that creates a consortium tasked with developing ways to work together and save money.

Read more at: www.toledoblade.com

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