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The Dropout Dilemma: Panel Explores Causes And Solutions

There are many reasons kids drop out of school: lack of parental guidance, poverty, crisis circumstances such as pregnancy, disinterest, and the list goes on. Dropping out occurs to some degree in just about every community. But it’s most concentrated in poor, urban school districts.  And it was there that a special edition of Ideas, [...]

Rural Students Design Senior Projects In Order To Graduate

These are the final days of the school year, and for most students, that means final exams and big papers. But one tiny rural school district in Athens County goes beyond testing and written reports in helping students get ready for life after high school. At Federal Hocking High School in Athens County – senior [...]

Student Surveys Among Changes House Proposes For Evaluating Teachers

MARSMET TALLAHASSEE / FLICKR The new teacher evaluation process that schools just started using this year is under review yet again by lawmakers. Senate Bill 229 would allow districts to evaluate teachers less often and would reduce the amount of a teacher’s evaluation that’s based on his or her students’ test scores and growth measures. That’s a [...]

Gubernatorial Candidate Pushes To Expand Preschool As Nationwide Enrollment Dips

Barnaby Wasson / Flickr Cuyahoga County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald says he wants to make universal preschool one of his top campaign priorities. Pending he defeats Governor John Kasich this fall, FitzGerald says his Pre-K All the Way plan calls for legislation to fund preschool for all Ohio three and four-year-olds beginning in [...]

Testing The Test: Ohio Districts Try Out The Common Core Assessment

With her first encounter with the new Common Core Assessment behind her, Lorain math teacher Kristen Mackey is back in her classroom, doing what comes as second nature to her: working through problems with her students. “You have your X,1, Y,1… your X,2, Y,2,” she instructs the class while jotting the equation next to a [...]

Cleveland’s New Early College High School Grants Diplomas And Associates Degrees

GADGETDUDE / FLICKR As the cost of higher education continues to rise, more students are looking for ways to earn a college degree at a lower price. Over the past decade, several early college programs have cropped up in Ohio that allow students to earn some college credit before completing high school. Most programs involve [...]

Only Minor Bugs Revealed In Common Core Field Test

Nearly half of Ohio school districts have just finished up a trial run of tests incorporating Common Core, the new set of education standards adopted by most states. And state officials say they’re pleased with the outcome. It’s the first field test of the new Common Core English and math assessment, which are more focused [...]

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 [...]

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