Here’s where we stand on this whole school funding thing this time around: Gov. John Kasich introduced his plan to “fix” how Ohio funds public schools. The House introduced and then passed its school funding proposal. And now the Senate may combine aspects of both plans, and “reinstate” parts of the governor’s plan, state Sen. Randy Gardner, chair of a state Senate finance subcommittee on education funding, tells the Toledo Blade.
Boy, that was quick.
A provision to promote abstinence-only education inserted into Ohio’s state budget earlier this week was stripped out yesterday.
The Common Core is a new set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math and English at each grade level.
Ohio’s state Board of Education adopted the Common Core in 2010, but in recent months a growing number of parents and other Ohioans have taken stands against the Common Core. Similar movements are happening in other states too.
A Columbus Catholic school fired a long-time teacher for being gay, the teacher tells WOSU. Carla Hale, 57, taught at Bishop Watterson High School for 19 years. Earlier this year, the name of Hale’s female partner appeared in an obituary for Hale’s mother. That obituary and an anonymous letter of complaint was sent to the Columbus Diocese in February. Hale was fired the following month.
Bishop Watterson school officials and the Diocese declined to speak to WOSU about the firing.
The Columbus school district could face state takeover because it improperly altered student records, if a provision inserted into the state budget is approved.
The amendment (starting on p. 248) allows the state superintendent to “establish an academic distress commission for any school district that is found by the Auditor of State to have knowingly manipulated student data with evidence of intent to deceive.”
Kent State University President Lester Lefton will retire next summer. Lefton, 66, has served as president of Ohio’s second largest public university since 2006.
Lefton previously was provost of Tulane University and held administrative roles at the University of South Carolina and George Washington University.
In a written statement, the chairwoman of Kent State’s Board of Trustees praised Lefton as a “student-focused leader.”
StateImpact is answering reader-submitted questions about the Common Core, a new set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math and English at each grade level. Ohio is one of 45 states that have fully adopted the Common Core.
Today, we answer a question about college admissions.
The Common Core is supposed to raise expectations for all students, but some parents are concerned that it may also make it hard for their children to get into college.
Ohio mother Laura Hunt Hume asks via Facebook:
The new head of the Ohio Department of Education doesn’t talk much about the youth. Or the children. Or students, whippersnappers, anklebiters or tots. But he really loves to talk about boys and girls.
New State Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard Ross works the phrase “boys and girls” into just about every public comment he makes. It’s kind of his trademark.
In statehouse testimony on school finance in February, he hit the mark twice, mentioning “boys and girls” who are struggling in school and “boys and girls” in the poorest communities.
“It’s the next big thing.”
That’s a familiar refrain in K-12 education. And the latest big thing may be bigger than all the others: It’s the Common Core education standards that Ohio and 45 other states are now putting in place. And it has public schools across the country sitting on the cusp of a massive change in nearly every aspect of how math and English are taught, learned and tested.
But how does this big thing relate to all the other big things in education that you’ve probably heard about? Here’s a StateImpact survival guide to recent education overhauls. Continue Reading