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Progressive Think Tank, Ohio Education Association Launch Charter School Website

A liberal think tank and the state’s largest teachers union have launched a website that provides Ohioans comparisons of public school districts and public and private charter schools in an area. But a spokesman for the pro-charter school group My School, My Choice claims the site has false statements about charter schools so data can’t [...]

Cleveland Plan Showing First Signs Of Success, Says Schools CEO Eric Gordon

Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon

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 [...]

Teachers And Parents Defend Horizon Science Academies As State Probe Expands

Parents and teachers on Tuesday told the Ohio Board of Education that a recent string of accusations against the Horizon Science Academies is becoming a distraction to student education. Shahrazad Ali, whose grandson is a freshman at the Horizon Science Academy in Cincinnati,went as far as saying that opponents of charter schools are conducting a [...]

The Sound of Ideas: Wrap-Around Schools

Kids are heading back to school this week, but some students will be carrying more than books. 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 [...]

Department of Education Accuses ESC of Flouting State Law on Charter Schools

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 [...]

STEAM Adds The Arts Into STEM

A wall in a technology classroom at Canton's Hartford Middle School.

STEM education–that’s science, technology, engineering, and math–has gotten an increasing amount of buzz over the past few years. And now, there’s a twist on STEM: the addition of the arts, making it STEAM. Supporters (including Elmo) say a more focused inclusion of the arts helps kids become creative, hands-on learners by sparking innovation. A recent [...]

Teachers Deliver Alarming Allegations Against Charter School

The state board of education is launching an investigation into at least one charter school after hearing disturbing testimony from a group of former teachers. Sexual misconduct, racism, teacher intimidation, questionable testing policies, and mishandling of complaints about those claims were among the allegations the teachers brought to a meeting of the state board of [...]

In Akron, A Coding Bootcamp Draws Students Looking For A Career Re-Start

As technology touches more and more aspects of life, and all manner of companies race to design new apps, mobile platforms, anti-hacking systems and the like – one outcome is certain: more tech jobs. Openings for software developers are growing at a far faster rate than most occupations, and the Labor Department says that’s likely [...]

Columbus Schools Going Door-To-Door to Get Kids Into Summer School

Columbus City Schools employees and an army of volunteers are literally going door-to-door this week, to get students who haven’t passed the third grade reading assessment back into school. Despite impressive gains between administration of the state-mandated test in the fall and the spring, over 950 third-grade students failed to make the cut-off score that [...]

Starbucks Offers Baristas A Chance to Earn A Free College Education

Ivana DiCarlo / FLICKR Starbucks’ umbrella of coffee and tea shops offer their employees a handful of perks that are seemingly rare in the world of retail jobs, like stock options, health insurance, 401(k) matching, and free coffee every week. And now there’s one more impressive addition to the list: a free college education, the [...]

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