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House Bill Reforms Charter Schools, Critics Say Bill Falls Short


Brian Bull / ideastream The House is taking a shot at reforming charter schools in Ohio. While several Republican leaders are praising the bill as comprehensive — others believe the legislation falls short. When newly elected House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger addressed the media earlier this year to lay out his legislative priorities—reforming charter schools was [...]

Ohio’s Charter School Laws Earn A “C” Grade, According to Pro-Charter Group

Brian Bull / ideastream When it comes to state legislation, Ohio’s charter schools are just about average, according to a new national report card. The Center for Education Reform–which, as the Columbus Dispatch points out, is a group advocating for opening publicly funded and privately run charters–awarded Ohio a “C” grade based on a handful [...]

Ohio’s Charter School System Still Needs Work, Progressive Think Tank Says

COMEDY_NOSE / FLICKR Ohio’s first charter school opened nearly twenty years ago–but Innovation Ohio’s education policy fellow Stephen Dyer said it’s only recently that the attitude around the publicly funded, privately run schools has begun to shift. “I think people are just starting to recognize, ‘look, charters aren’t going anywhere, let’s make sure we have [...]

State Board of Education on Public Complaints over PARCC Test

District 11 member Mary Rose Oakar of Cleveland (foreground) telling Sen. Peggy Lehner (back) about public complaints over PARCC test.

Ohio public schools are in their third week of issuing standardized tests for students in fourth through sixth grades, eighth grade, and high school. The state legislature passed a law one year ago that eliminates any ramifications for the pupils in this first year of the test. But that hasn’t calmed down members of the [...]

Former House Speaker Works for Charter Conglomerate

Cliff Rosenberger on stage at City Club.  Former House Speaker Bill Batchelder, with blue tie, in audience.

Charter school advocates speaking at the University of Colorado over the weekend took aim at several underperforming charters school operators in Ohio. They mentioned White Hat Management and  the online conglomerate Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow or ECOT. ECOT recently hired the lobby firm of William Batchelder, the former Speaker of the House. Batchelder insists he won’t [...]

Three Questions with Sesame Street’s Rosemarie Truglio

Dr. Rosemarie Truglio has been contributing to the development of Sesame Street  for eighteen years. In her current role as Vice President of Education and Research at Sesame Workshop, she helps oversee the development of the show’s curriculum each season. Recently, she stopped by ideastream’s studios and chatted with the StateImpact team about the current [...]

Gov. John Kasich Mentions Charters, School Funding in State of The State Speech


PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OHIO CHANNEL One of the larger themes of Governor Kasich’s State of the State address last night revolved around education. Touching on the familiar topics of school funding, charter schools, and the state university system, Kasich mentioned budget cuts for some wealthier K-12 districts, along with wanting state universities to also [...]

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