Tomorrow is my last day as a reporter for StateImpact Ohio.
StateImpact Ohio launched two and a half years ago with the mission of explaining the impact of state education policy on the lives of Ohioans. I am proud of the work we have done in service of that mission.
Among my personal highlights:
How do Ohio students compare to students in the U.S. and around the world on standardized test performance?
What will the new online, Common Core-aligned tests that start in 2015 look like?
And what do all these tests mean for Ohio students and teachers?
Molly Bloom / StateImpact Ohio
Akron fourth graders discuss non-fiction articles during English class.
Teacher Karen Hazlett’s fourth graders spent much of this fall learning about child labor – during English class.
Hazlett teaches in Akron’s Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts. This is her 34th year in the classroom.
And until recently, child labor probably would not have been a central topic in fourth grade English. Instead, Hazlett’s students would have read mostly fiction, and answer questions about their opinions on plot and characters.
A Canton couple and one of their employees were indicted in connection with a scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Education of more than $2.3 million through a financial aid scam.
John “Richard” Ceroni, 64, and Adale “Marie” Ceroni, 62, both of Canton, and Tammy Pyle, 43, of Waynesburg, Ohio were accused of obtaining fake high school diplomas for prospective students, fraudulently applying for financial aid on their behalf, and then enrolling them in Carnegie Career College, a college the Ceronis operated, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
The Ceronis are accused of spending the money they obtained through the aid scam to pay for jewelry, lingerie, tanning sessions, cruises, a Vegas vacation — and purchases at the University of Akron book store.
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Former Miami University President James Garland is credited with helping start “the college arms race.”
He led successful efforts to recruit more out-of-state students, who typically pay higher tuition, to Miami University by marketing the public college as “a kind of elite public university:”
MOOCs, massive open online courses, are one of the Next Big Things in higher education. They offer the possibility of providing free or lower-cost higher education to students anywhere in the world.
But the New York Times reports on recent developments that suggest MOOCs, at least in their current common forms, might not solve everything wrong with higher education.
Ohio State University
E. Gordon Gee
Former Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee is headed out of state for a new but temporary job as interim president of West Virginia University.
Gordon Gee retired from his post as president of Ohio State University in July and received a $5.8 million retirement package. He was to stay on at Ohio State as President Emeritus and a tenured law professor after taking a sabbatical.
The Lumina Foundation, a private group whose goal is to increase the number of Americans with postsecon is giving 20 cities up to $200,000 as part of an effort to increase the number of people with postsecondary credentials — including college degrees or other training. Two Ohio cities — Dayton and Cincinnati — are among those receiving the Lumina funding.