The Center for Education Reform gave Ohio’s voucher program an ‘A’ grade in their 2014 nationwide report. The CER is an advocacy group that champions expansion of charter schools and voucher programs that help families pay private school tuition. It defines a successful voucher program as one that allows all students to qualify with no caps on the number of available vouchers. The report graded states’ voucher programs based on student eligibility requirements, program design, preservation of private school autonomy, and student participation. Ohio was one of only three states to earn the highest rating, along with Indiana and Wisconsin.
They’ll bring hunger, illness, maybe the baggage that comes with living in neighborhoods where poverty and crime persist.
How do you teach children when life gets in the way of learning? In this edition of The Sound of Ideas we hear about one approach – the wrap-around school. We’ll tell you what that is and why the concept is expanding in districts like Cleveland’s.
An educational service center in Northeast Ohio is in trouble with the state Department of Education after trying to open a charter school in southern Ohio.
Department of Education spokesman John Charlton says the Portage County Educational Service Center violated at least three rules in sponsoring what was being called Hope4Change Academy.
First, Portage County ESC isn’t authorized to sponsor new charter schools because of the poor performance of its existing ones.
The Reynoldsburg Board of Education accuses the Reynoldsburg Teachers Union of engaging in bait-and-switch tactics in their ongoing negotiation of a new teachers contract. The district wants to implement a merit pay system that would tie teachers’ raises to their annual state evaluation ratings, something teachers in districts across the state have strenuously resisted. Talks are set to resume in September with a federal mediator.
A school nutritionist making a national splash for bringing healthier meals to school cafeterias says bowing out of the federal school lunch program because of new, more stringent nutrition requirements is a disservice to kids.
Tony Geraci was a guest Monday morning on the Cleveland public radio talk show The Sound of Ideas on 90.3 WCPN. He says it takes kids time to adjust to new menus being rolled out across the country, but schools should stay committed to the new standards.
It’s about access,” Geraci says. “It’s about making sure that kids have better choices. And I think if you surround them with better choices, they make better choices.”
Teach for America has been around for 24 years but was only given entre into Ohio’s classrooms in 2011, at the urging of Governor Kasich.
TFA teachers are chosen for being high college achievers, and are able to bypass the state’s standard licensing process.
This year’s TFA corps grew slightly over last year, and is more diverse.
The current attempt by some statehouse Republicans to repeal the Common Core education standards has raised new questions about whether creationism might be presented in Ohio’s science classes. The school of thought known as “Intelligent Design”, which holds that life could not have come into existence without the influence of a conscious “designer,” is held up by adherents as a credible alternative theory to evolution. It was inserted into the state’s science standards in 2002, only to be eliminated four years later after strenuous objections from the scientific community and a Pennsylvania court ruling saying that Intelligent Design is not science.
As legislative debate continues over the implementation of Common Core standards, a recently-released poll shows that public support of Common Core is waning. Although the shared standards are still backed by the majority (53 percent) of Americans, the opposition has doubled in size from 13 percent in 2013 to 26 percent this year. The two groups with notable changes over the past year are teachers (40% oppose, up from 12% last year) and Republicans (37% oppose, up from 16%).
Cincinnati and Cleveland are both included in a top ten list of major cities where high percentages of kids attend private school. According to a study by the real estate journal Trulia, Cleveland ranks seventh, with 17.5 percent of Kids going attending private schools. Cincinnati comes in ninth in the ranking, at 16.9 percent. New Orleans has the highest percentage, at just over 25 percent.
One reason for the high private school enrollment in these cities is that they have large Catholic populations: of the 80 percent of private schools that are religiously affiliated, half are Catholic schools. Another correlation involves the quality of public school districts – the better the quality of schools in a neighborhood, the fewer residents will opt to pay extra for private school.
The Trulia study also compares the cost of sending a child to private school vs. a good public school, and finds that public isn’t necessarily cheaper when you consider the higher taxes and higher home prices in neighborhoods with better schools.
Cleveland schools opened for their first day of the year with 324 kids required to repeat the third grade. That’s more than 7 times the number of third graders held back in 2013.
The large number stems from students’ failure to meet the state’s new third grade reading guarantee that went into effect. just this year.