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Teach For America Enters Third Year In Ohio

Teach for America has been around for 24 years but was only given entre into Ohio’s classrooms in 2011, at the urging of Governor Kasich. TFA teachers are chosen for being high college achievers, and are able to bypass the state’s standard licensing process. This year’s TFA corps grew slightly over last year, and is [...]

Opponents Of Common Core Make Their Case For Repeal In Legislative Hearing

Three days of hearings opened Monday on a bill that would repeal the set of education standards known as the Common Core. House Bill 597 was introduced over the summer by Ohio House Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta). A previous bill to repeal the standards – House Bill 237, [...]

Reynoldsburg Teachers Prepared To Strike Over Merit Pay

Members of the teachers union in Reynoldsburg have authorized a ten day strike notice after contract talks concluded last week without an agreement. The talks have attracted widespread interest because of two controversial proposals by Reynoldsburg City Schools that, if implemented, would fundamentally change how teachers in the district are compensated.

City Club: Navigating the Transition to High School

When educational matters are discussed, the voices of teachers, administrators and policymakers often drown out the voices of the students actually impacted by changes. Those tables were turned on August 7 at the City Club of Cleveland.  A panel of four high school students presented the results of a survey they created and distributed to [...]

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 [...]

Here’s What Several Education Groups Think about Potential Common Core Repeal

Bill Rice / ideastream A participant’s tshirt at one recent anti-Common Core rally. Many of Ohio’s schools have already incorporated the Common Core, a set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math and English at each grade level, into their curriculum. The state’s full implementation of the learning [...]

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 [...]

Ohio House Republicans Lead New Charge to Repeal Common Core

The Ohio Channel School districts have spent years preparing to implement the education standards known as Common Core — which are set to start this coming school year. Now House Republicans are renewing their efforts to repeal the standards, and the bill could be on the fast track to the House floor. Republican State Rep. [...]

The Sound of Ideas: Building a Better Teacher

Movies are filled with inspiring teachers. Think Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds, or Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. These on-screen teachers seem to be blessed with an innate ability to teach. But is it really that simple? Author and journalist Elizabeth Green says the idea of the “natural born teacher” is a myth, but [...]

NEA Conference In Denver To Include Common Core Discussion

The head of Ohio’s largest teacher’s union is in Denver attending the National Education Association’s annual delegates meeting, and issues around the Common Core will be high on the agenda. Three states, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Indiana, have eliminated the standards, and in a fourth – Louisiana -  the governor and state board of education [...]

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