Ohio’s first charter school opened 15 years ago. And in those early days of the charter school movement, things were rather “feudal,” says Bill Sims, head of the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools:
Initial stakeholders had their own lobbyists. They had their own ramparts but without much of a developed community roundtable. And i think much of what’s happened in those 15 years is that the community has been much more effective in working together.
The Ohio Senate unanimously passed a bill today that would make several changes to how teachers’ job performance is evaluated in what state Sen. Joe Schiavoni called “legislation to improve the morale of educators across the state.”
“For the first time since I’ve been down here, I’ve actually gotten calls from teachers and school administrators saying ‘Thank you for listening,’” he said.
Legislation that would make major changes to what students need to do to graduate from high school is moving through the hearing process with little testimony and few questions, Gongwer News Service reports.
HB 193 would create four new ways for students to earn high school diplomas.
But the Ohio Department of Education is concerned that some of the new ways set too low a bar for students.
The executive director of Ohio’s largest teachers union, the Ohio Education Association, will retire at the end of this year after more than 40 years working with teachers unions in Ohio and other states.
Larry Wicks has served as the Ohio union’s executive director since 2008. He led the successful 2011 campaign to repeal Senate Bill 5, which would have limited public sector collective bargaining.
The Common Core standards for English and language arts that Ohio and 44 other states have adopted call for a focus on depth over breadth, more challenging readings, and increased emphasis on nonfiction.
Michael Buckley, author of the popular NERDS series and an Ohio native, says those changs means writers for children may have to evolve.
Today a grand jury indicted four Steubenville current and former school employees and volunteers on charges related to the rape of a teenage girl last year. The charges relate to impeding the investigation into the rape, failing to report child abuse and other accusations.
Steubenville Superintendent Michael McVey faces five counts, including tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.
The other people indicted include Matthew Belardine, a former volunteer assistant football coach; Seth Fluharty, an assistant wrestling coach and special education teacher; and Lynnett Gorman, the principal of West Elementary.
Four people were indicted today on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy to launder money in connection with a scheme to defraud a Cleveland Heights charter school out of more than $400,000. The charter school, Greater Heights Academy, closed abruptly in 2008 amid questions about unpaid bills.
The school had previously been overseen, or “sponsored,” by the Ashe Culture Center. The state Board of Education revoked Ashe’s authority to sponsor charter schools in 2011.