Ohio

Eye on Education

Background

An in-depth look at Ohio’s dropout crisis.

Latest Posts

Life Outside The Classroom Can Often Be The Biggest Challenge for Students

kitchen

Keihen Kitchen / ideastream staff Just five years ago, Keihen Kitchen had a lot on her plate. Her mom was struggling with cancer. The father figure in her life recently passed away. While living in what she calls a poor neighborhood on the west side of Cleveland, life took yet another turn. “I had my [...]

Eighth Graders Told They Can Overcome

Any teacher can tell you that a student’s performance in school begins with his or her home life.  That was the theme of a gathering of disadvantaged students in Cleveland last week. A public broadcasting project called American Graduate is hoping to reduce the number of high school drop-outs.  It invited some 100 8th graders [...]

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 [...]

The Sound Of Ideas: They Chose To Stay In School

“I owe it to myself to stay in school.” —Tyler Watkins, a student at Cleveland’s School of One alternative education program. When David Boone was homeless and 15, he’d sleep on the wooden bleachers in a Cleveland park. And the next day he’d be in school. In a district where dropouts are common, Boone stayed. [...]

Ohio State Joins Alliance To Help More Post-Secondary Students Make It To Graduation

The U.S. will need 22 million graduates by 2018 to fill all the predicted jobs that will require some kind of post-secondary education, but is only on track to graduate 19 million. That statistic comes from the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation.  The shortfall, the Lumina study shows, means lost economic potential nationally, and a tougher life [...]

Literacy Advocate Talks Up Campaign For Grade-Level Reading

A national advocate for literacy told a Cleveland audience today that efforts to boost kids’ reading skills must extend beyond the walls of the public schools. Ralph Smith directs the Campaign for Grade Level Reading spearheaded by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation. Smith reflected on his own experience falling in love with reading at [...]

National Advocate Discusses Early Childhood Reading at City Club

Barbara O’Brien, National Policy Director for the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, spoke at the City Club on June 6. Dr. O’Brien discussed how the campaign collaborates with foundations and communities across the country to help increase the high school graduation rate for students from low-income families. The Campaign focuses on grade-level reading by the [...]

The Impact of Foster Care on Students’ Education

STEVENDEPOLO / FLICKR Harold Sloke was 12-years-old when he entered South Carolina’s foster care system. Not long after that, he ended up repeating ninth grade three times. “A lot of my caseworkers believed I would never graduate, so they just kept passing me along, and I kept getting into trouble,” Sloke told The Annie E. [...]

Report Says Millions Start College, but Don’t Finish

JMAZ PHOTO / FLICKR Over the past 20 years, more than 31 million Americans started college, but never walked across the stage to grab a diploma, according to a recent report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Not earning a degree can prove to be a costly decision. The income of the average bachelor’s [...]

About StateImpact

StateImpact seeks to inform and engage local communities with broadcast and online news focused on how state government decisions affect your lives.
Learn More »

Economy
Education