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Cleveland Plan Showing First Signs Of Success, Says Schools CEO Eric Gordon

Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon called the 2013-2014 school year a “year of disruption that yielded tangible results” in his annual State of the Schools address hosted by the City Club of Cleveland Tuesday. He was referring to the reforms ushered in under the district’s Plan to Transform Schools that went into effect a year [...]

Teachers And Parents Defend Horizon Science Academies As State Probe Expands

Parents and teachers on Tuesday told the Ohio Board of Education that a recent string of accusations against the Horizon Science Academies is becoming a distraction to student education. Shahrazad Ali, whose grandson is a freshman at the Horizon Science Academy in Cincinnati,went as far as saying that opponents of charter schools are conducting a [...]

How Useful Are The Ohio School Report Cards?

State report cards for school districts and individual schools are out, with yet more changes as the Ohio Department of Education continues to tweak the annual assessment. As with last year, the report cards don’t assign overall grades to districts and schools, but DO give grades in a range of assessment categories. StateImpact Ohio’s Bill [...]

State to Release School Report Cards

Schools and school districts across Ohio will find out today how well they did last year in meeting a range of benchmarks. And just as last year, the annual state report cards will not include an overall grade. Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year the state did away with designations like “excellent with distinction,” “continuous [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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