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Reynoldsburg Teachers Prepared To Strike Over Merit Pay

Correction: This post originally stated that Cleveland’s is the only school district to have implemented a compensation system centered around performance.  It turns out there are a small handful of other districts that also base pay increases on performance.      Members of the teachers union in Reynoldsburg have authorized a ten day strike notice after [...]

The Sound of Ideas: Teens and Financial Literacy

In a recent international survey of financial literacy, American 15-year-olds scored average. That score was less than thrilling to financial experts, who say students from the most developed country on the list should have done better. In Ohio, financial literacy is mandated, but no curriculum is specified. Guests on the Sound of Ideas discussed what [...]

College Degrees May Bring Debt, But Can Also Bring Higher Wages, Advancement

j.o.h.n. walker / Flickr Chances are that if you’ve nailed a college degree to your wall recently, you’re also nailed with debt. But some new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland says degree earners are still better off in the long-term than those without a diploma. The study examined households of people in [...]

Talks Stalled and Tensions High Over Controversial Contract Proposal

Negotiations between the Reynoldsburg Teachers Association (REA) and Reynoldsburg City Schools surrounding a proposal that would dramatically change the district’s pay and benefits policies are on hold until August. The proposal first drew widespread attention in May as a bold move to place greater responsibility on teachers for student performance. On July 26th, as teachers [...]

New Funding Model Starts for Community Colleges

Jeff Kubina / Flickr Starting today, the way community colleges in Ohio earn the money they get from the state has changed. While the shake-up might sound challenging, school leaders are on board. The new formula ties state funding to student achievement. Funding used to be based on enrollment, but it’s now based on milestones [...]

How the School Tax Burden Has Shifted Since 1991

The percentage of property tax revenues that support local schools in Ohio has shifted dramatically from the business community to homeowners and farmers over the last two decades, according to a study by the Education Tax Policy Institute in Columbus. The study chronicles the change in Ohio’s tax rate structure from 1975 to 2011, including [...]

Straight A Fund’s Governing Board Makes Final Grant Recommendations

The Governing Board of Ohio’s Straight A Fund has selected 34 out of more than 200 finalists to receive competitive funding ranging from a couple of hundred thousand dollars to nearly $15 million. Originally, about 340 schools, school districts and multi-entity partnerships applied for $150 million in the second and final round of Straight A [...]

Two Ohio Universities Receive Grants to Promote Diversity in STEM Fields

Wright State University and the University of Dayton are among 20 U.S. colleges and universities singled out for their commitment to diversity in STEM education by the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Each will receive a $300,000 grant for curriculum and faculty development, with a goal of developing “models for broader institutional change for [...]

Cleveland School District Receives $3M Grant

The Cleveland schools are getting a $3 million dollar grant to develop better ways to inform families of their school choice options, and to standardize the enrollment process district-wide. The grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation will be shared roughly equally between the Cleveland Transformation Alliance and the district itself. The alliance, a [...]

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