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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 [...]

Twelve Percent of Ohio Third Graders Aren’t Ready For Fourth Grade

wrightbrosfan / Flickr Eighty-eight percent of Ohio kids who took the third grade reading guarantee test passed it, compared to about 63 percent who passed the test last fall. That means 12 percent of the state’s 110,000 third graders haven’t achieved the reading score they needed to move on to fourth grade. John Charlton with [...]

California Tenure Ruling Not Really Applicable In Ohio

This week’s court ruling in California declaring that state’s system of tenure in public schools unconstitutional has fueled speculation that similar actions will be pursued in other states.  But there’s a lot of doubt whether Ohio would be one of them. The group that challenged the law complained that granting tenure essentially guaranteeing a job [...]

Despite Opposition, The Common Core Has A Firm Footing In Ohio

Brad McQueen, a 5th grade public school teacher from Tucson Arizona, has made a personal crusade of denouncing the Common Core. McQueen was a featured speaker at an anti-Common Core rally at the Ohio statehouse last week.  The new standards are meant to raise the bar of student achievement to better prepare kids for the [...]

Three States Are Now Ditching The Common Core

Two additional states have joined Indiana in withdrawing from the Common Core math and English standards. On May 30, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed legislation that calls for new standards, designed independently of the multi-state initiative, to be implemented for the 2015-2016 school year.  And on Thursday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin approved replacing the [...]

Keeping Students’ Skills Sharp Over Summer Vacation

AreYouMyRik? / FLICKR Ah, the summer slide. It’s not your child’s playground agenda during their school vacation– it’s a term used for the regression of students’ skills over their scholastic summer breaks. School summer vacations typically leave U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan a little bit baffled. “Students and teachers work so hard, get to [...]

Ohio Bucks The Conservative Trend, Sticks With The Common Core

Republicans in several red states are heeding the outcry from conservatives that the Common Core is, at best, hurting education (at worst it’s a federal plot to indoctrinate your kids.) But on Wednesday Ohio’s legislature, which is heavily Republican, reaffirmed the math and English standards it adopted along with 43 other states and the District [...]

The Sound of Ideas: The Summer Slide

School kids are counting down the days until the end of the school year. But many teachers are already dreading the start of the next school year – and all the time they’ll have to spend re-teaching the material students forget over the course of the summer. How can kids stay engaged during the summer?  [...]

Ohio’s Ed Standards Debate Circles The Common Core But Doesn’t Zero In

A committee of Ohio lawmakers is set to convene Tuesday to hammer out an agreement on Senate-proposed changes to a House education bill. The changes to House Bill 487 would put the brakes on partnering up with other states to develop and implement new learning standards. The Senate proposal would not repeal Ohio’s adoption of [...]

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, [...]

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