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Facing Forward: A Student’s Story

“My mother wants me here, even though I don’t want to to be here.” Those are the words straight from the mouth of Tyree Steward, a seventh grader from Cleveland’s E-Prep Charter School. He’s a charismatic young man, but the day-to-day struggles he faces  are beginning to take a toll. Several years ago, cameras followed [...]

Report Fuels Debate About Ohio’s Method For Funding Charter Schools

KRISTIE WELLS / FLICKR A new report adds to the ongoing tension between publically funded, but privately operated charter schools and traditional public schools. Innovation Ohio’s recent analysis shows that half of the money transferred from school districts to charter schools in the 2012-2013 school year went to charters with lower performance ratings on the [...]

Apprenticeships Gain Renewed Attention

A piece of machinery at Bluffton's Grob Systems.

On the shop floor at Grob Systems in Bluffton, Alex Shaw tells me there’s one thing he loves to do. “Farm,” he said. “If I’m not here, I’m on the farm.” But on this recent morning, the soft spoken 20-year-old is operating a CNC machine–CNC stands for “computer numerical control. Over the shop’s constant low [...]

Cleveland’s New Early College High School Grants Diplomas And Associates Degrees

GADGETDUDE / FLICKR As the cost of higher education continues to rise, more students are looking for ways to earn a college degree at a lower price. Over the past decade, several early college programs have cropped up in Ohio that allow students to earn some college credit before completing high school. Most programs involve [...]

The Sound of Ideas: The Dropout Crisis

Not getting a high school diploma can cost a student in the long run. People with a bachelor’s degree make on average $17,500 more annually than those with only a high school diploma. And high school dropouts make another $10,000 less than their peers who did graduate or got a GED. An estimated 24,000 students [...]

Will Ohio Join Indiana in Leaving the Common Core?

Jenlight / Flickr Last year, Republican State Rep. Andy Thompson of Marietta introduced House Bill 237 that would stop Ohio from implementing the new set of learning expectations for K-12 students in math and English known as the Common Core. And after learning of Indiana’s decision to drop the standards, Thompson questions whether the move [...]

Coming Soon: Career Tech Education for a Younger Crowd

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WISTECHCOLLEGES/ FLICKR The Ohio Department of Education estimates more than 120,000 high school students take part in some type of vocational education classes every year. And last month, Gov. John Kasich said he wants to boost that number by offering hands-on classes to kids as early as the seventh grade. And thanks to a rule [...]

Indiana’s The First State to Ditch The Common Core

Stacey Shintani / Flickr See you later, Common Core. At least, that’s the thought in Indiana this morning after Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation yesterday to withdraw the new set of learning expectations of what K-12 students should be learning in math and English, according to our friends at StateImpact Indiana. He said education should [...]

City Club: Educators Discuss “Wrap-Around” Schools

On March 13, the City Club held a two-part panel discussing the implementation of “wraparound” (or “community”) schools in Cleveland, the challenges and opportunities they present, and their potential impact on the future of education. The panelists for Part One of this forum were: Martin Blank, president of the Institute for Educational Leadership and founding [...]

Third Graders Struggling on OAA Reading Can Take An Alternative Test

ANGRYJULIEMONDAY / FLICKR Parents concerned that their third graders could be held back because of their low reading scores on the Ohio Achievement Assessment have another option. The Ohio Department of Education says there are three alternative assessments kids can take that are allowed under the state’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. ODE released the approved [...]

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