Dual language education programs are gaining more attention these days for turning out students who are not only bi-lingual, but also show enviable achievement gains. Chike Erokwu of the Mansfield News Journal profiles the Mansfield Spanish Immersion School, and elementary school that started seven years ago. The number of students attending is small but growing year-by-year. It’s among the state’s top performers in student test scores on the Ohio school report card, ranking 47th out of 3,310 Ohio public schools.
Next year school report cards will come later than the usual late August roll out, according to a report this week by Plain Dealer reporter Patrick O’Donnell. That’s because the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), won’t be setting new testing cut scores – the minimum score needed for a passing grade – until next fall. PARCC tests will be given to all students in Ohio for the first time this spring, and school evaluations will hinge on how students perform on those tests.
This November 4th voters in Cleveland will decide whether to keep money flowing to replace or upgrade school buildings.
Issue 4 on the Cleveland ballot asks voters to approve selling bonds to extend a school construction run that began in 2001.
Back then, a roof collapse at East High School set in motion a levy campaign to raise 380 million dollars through to address the decrepit state of school buildings all around the city.
Teachers in Reynoldsburg will move back into their classrooms today after both the district and union signed off on a three-year contract Thursday. The pact continues automatic annual raises that district officials had originally proposed eliminating, and awards eligible teachers with additional merit pay. Group health insurance, which would also have been eliminated under the district’s original proposal, is likewise preserved. A third major sticking point – whether or not to restrict class sizes – was resolved with both sides agreeing to “aspirational” goals but not hard limits. Read more in the Columbus Dispatch.
At Ridge Middle School in Mentor, a class of 7th grade English students gears up for a quiz. They’ve been studying Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the short story from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, and their teacher, Stephanie Dwyer, wants to get a read on their comprehension of the text.
It takes a few minutes to set it up. The students have to put their names into the digital roster for their answers to register.
“You have 30 seconds,” she coaxes over the din of conversation.
This quiz is unlike the quiz of just a few short years ago. It has the feel of a game show.
Democrats are hoping to pick up seats on the state board of education this November. One target is the seat being vacated by the board’s current president Debe Terhar, a Republican who has served just one term on the board. Six other seats are also in play, four of which are held by incumbents.
Preliminary data shows that more than one-third of Ohio’s public schools restrained at least one student during the last school year, and about 13 percent of public schools isolated children in seclusion rooms.
That’s according to Ohio Department of Education data, part of the first-ever comprehensive look at seclusion and restraint in Ohio’s public schools.
The City Club of Cleveland was once again host to the State of the Schools address for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. With fewer than three years remaining until the historic 15-mill levy expires, this year’s address by CEO Eric S. Gordon discusses investments that have been made so far and plans for the future, as well as progress made in raising student achievement, the district’s evolving relationship with charter schools and other issues. Gordon spoke on September 30th. Click on the video to view his entire address.
Correction: This story originally stated that CEO Gordon did not discuss a bond issue for school construction on the November ballot. He did indeed discuss it in both his speech and during the Q&A segment. We regret the error.
Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon called the 2013-2014 school year a “year of disruption that yielded tangible results” in his annual State of the Schools address hosted by the City Club of Cleveland Tuesday.
He was referring to the reforms ushered in under the district’s Plan to Transform Schools that went into effect a year ago.
Gordon told a packed ballroom at the downtown Renaissance Hotel that the Cleveland Plan’s initiatives are more than just a shift of district culture. They are a top to bottom overhaul of an entrenched system that wasn’t educating kids.
“The 2013-14 school year will likely be remembered as the year that CMSD shook the status quo to its core, and kept our promise to taxpayers and voters that the district cannot and will not tolerate business as usual in any area,” he said.
Many Colleges and Universities are dropping the ball when it comes to adequately informing their students of potential dangers on and around their campuses, according to a report published Wednesday by the Columbus Dispatch. A joint investigation by the Dispatch and the Student Press Law Center examined compliance with the Clery Act, a 1991 law enacted to alert students to dangers on campus, and concludes that most schools “comply with the law but some purposely underreport crimes to protect their images; others have made honest mistakes in attempting to comply.” Plus, many crimes that happen off campus where many students live go unreported. The Dispatch says the White House is pushing for changes to ensure better compliance with the Clery Act – not just with the letter of the law, but the spirit as well.