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The Sound of Ideas: Common Core Update

Ohio’s almost at a full, statewide launch of the Common Core, a new set of learning expectations for what K-12 should know in math and English. Beginning in fall 2014, new standardized tests will roll out that are aligned to the new set of standards. But there’s still some contention, apprehension, and competing ideas about [...]

Newspaper Series Examines How Charter Schools Operate

STOCKMONKEYS.COM / FLICKR A series of stories hit Ohio newspapers on Sunday that looks closer at the accountability and costs of charter schools in Ohio. It’s part of a multi-year project launched by the Akron Beacon Journal and the NewsOutlet, a group of students from Youngstown State, the University of Akron and Cuyahoga Community College. The project began with [...]

Why Kasich Wants To Make It Easier For High Schoolers To Earn College Credit

JMAZ PHOTO / FLICKR As the cost of college continues to rise, more students are looking for the shortest–and cheapest–path to complete a degree. Ohio already has a number of ways for high school students to take college level courses, but those don’t always count toward a degree. In his recent review of the state [...]

Cleveland Expands Efforts To Help 4-Year-Olds Access to Preschool

Cleveland is one of a handful of cities around the state trying to expand early childhood education for kids under five. Last fall, city leaders teamed up with Cuyahoga County officials and two dozen local agencies to brainstorm ways to make high quality programs available for all kids in the area. Now they say they [...]

Five Things To Know About Vocational Ed in Ohio

After a twenty year decline in enrollment, vocational education is back in vogue. As employers around the state complain about not being able to find enough qualified workers to fill the jobs they have open, schools and political leaders are starting to take notice. Governor John Kasich recently said he wants to expand vocational education to [...]

Gund Foundation Grants Funding For Two New Specialty Cleveland High Schools

STOCKMONKEYS.COM / FLICKR Two new Cleveland schools aimed at giving ninth through twelfth graders college credit and immersion in arts education are receiving a funding boost from the Gund Foundation. At its meeting last week, the philanthropy group approved $649,000 worth of grants for Cleveland’s Bard Early College High School and its Digital Arts High [...]

Kasich Hints More Vocational Ed Choices Are Coming for Middle Schoolers

Governor John Kasich is giving a sneak peak into his state of the state speech on Monday. As the Columbus Dispatch reports,in a speech at a manufacturing jobs summit in greater Cincinnati on Wednesday, Kasich said “we are lowering the availability of vocational education to the seventh grade.” The governor’s nod to vo-tech is just one [...]

Ohio House Grants Students a Break on Make Up Calamity Days

blmiers2 / FLICKR On average, Ohio school districts have cancelled nine days of classes because of weather this school year. Some districts have used as many as 17 calamity days. A bill approved by the Ohio House Wednesday would allow districts to have four more days that students don’t have to make up, but it [...]

Despite Focus on STEM Education, Computer Science Instruction Still Lacking

By now, most Ohio schools have gotten the memo that increasing the focus on science, technology, engineering and math, a.k.a. STEM subjects, will help prepare students for the jobs of the future. Data from the US Department of Commerce show nationwide, jobs in the STEM fields are slated to grow 17 percent from 2008 to [...]

Why The Push for More Calamity Days Now Won’t Matter Next Year

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Earls 37a / FLICKR Wednesday afternoon, the Ohio House did not pass a bill that would have increased the number of calamity days school districts can use during bad weather. The Columbus Dispatch reports some Republican lawmakers in the House balked at the idea of giving students more days off, and paying teachers for days they [...]

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