Eye on Education

Why Three Ohio Schools Closed over Ebola Fears

Earlier today, ideastream’s Nick Castele filled WBUR’s Here and Now in about why three Northeast Ohio schools chose to close over Ebola fears.

Officials in Cleveland are tracking down those who may have come into contact with Amber Joy Vinson, the second Dallas nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola. Vinson flew on a Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday while she was running a 99.5 degree fever.

Read more at: hereandnow.wbur.org

2014-15 School Report Cards To Be Delayed

Next year school report cards will come later than the usual late August roll out, according to a report this week by Plain Dealer reporter Patrick O’Donnell. That’s because the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), won’t be setting new testing cut scores – the minimum score needed for a passing grade – until next fall. PARCC tests will be given to all students in Ohio for the first time this spring, and school evaluations will hinge on how students perform on those tests.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Results of how your kids do on the new Common Core tests that they’ll take at school this spring won’t be available for months – possibly not until 2016. Forget seeing state report cards for schools and districts by their normal late August time next year, said Tom Gunlock, vice chairman of Ohio’s state school board.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Cleveland Schools Will Ask Voters For Additional Construction Funds

Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon

Bill Rice

Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon

This November 4th voters in Cleveland will decide whether to keep money flowing to replace or upgrade school buildings.

Issue 4 on the Cleveland ballot asks voters to approve selling bonds to extend a school construction run that began in 2001.

Back then, a roof collapse at East High School set in motion a levy campaign to raise 380 million dollars through to address the decrepit state of school buildings all around the city.

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Lawmakers Hear From Anti-Common Core Teachers


Andy Chow / Statehouse News

An Ohio House committee held a rare evening hearing to once again discuss a controversial bill that would repeal the state’s education standards — known as the Common Core.

A panel of lawmakers have heard and received testimony from about 200 people regarding the effort to repeal the Common Core.

Lawmakers scheduled the meeting at night to get the perspective from teachers.

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Measuring The Efficiency of “No Child Left Behind”

In 2002, President George W. Bush signed the “No Child Left Behind” bill into law. The policy’s goal was to make sure every student hit the required benchmark of proficiency for their grade level. But as NPR’s Education Team reports, that hasn’t exactly been the case over the past 12 years.

Take yourself back to those highly emotional, patriotic months after the 9/11 attacks. In the midst of war, terrorism, fear and mourning, one bill passed 87-10 in the Senate and by a similar margin in the House – with equal support from both sides of the aisle.

Read more at: www.npr.org

The Variance of the Definitions of Bullying

The word “bullying” is consistently used in education and parenting circles. But as EdWeek reports, experts differ on how to properly define the word, saying that many of the most influential studies don’t have a consistent definition or way of measurement. This can also leave parents in the dark.

“There’s a tremendous disconnect between how the term is used colloquially by students, teachers, and parents, and how researchers and advocacy types define it,” sociologist David Finkelhor told the publication.

One of the biggest challenges for those who seek to end bullying among students has been defining exactly what “bullying” is. Even as efforts to address the behavior have moved to the front burner of child well-being initiatives in recent years, researchers and educators say that major studies have relied on inconsistent definitions and methods of measuring its prevalence.

Read more at: www.edweek.org

Reynoldsburg Teachers Head Back To Work After 15-Day Strike

Teachers in Reynoldsburg will move back into their classrooms today after both the district and union signed off on a three-year contract Thursday. The pact continues automatic annual raises that district officials had originally proposed eliminating, and awards eligible teachers with additional merit pay. Group health insurance, which would also have been eliminated under the district’s original proposal, is likewise preserved. A third major sticking point – whether or not to restrict class sizes – was resolved with both sides agreeing to “aspirational” goals but not hard limits. Read more in the Columbus Dispatch.

Reynoldsburg teachers have overwhelmingly voted to approve a new contract this afternoon, another step toward ending the strike that began on Sept. 19. The Reynoldsburg Board of Education is to meet at 6:30 pm to vote on the contract.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Majority of Millennials Are Underemployed

About 66 percent of millennials don’t have a college degree. But as WBUR reports, that majority is often depicted as a minority. A study from Pew Research Center says that millennials who have college degrees make about $17,500 more than their counterparts who have strictly a high school diploma.

“There’s been a lot of attention paid to the adversities facing college-educated millennials, but generally the college-educated young adults, they’re doing better than earlier generations of college-educated young adults,” said Pew’s Richard Fry told WBUR.

Millennials are often mocked as Starbucks baristas with Ivy League educations. And while they are the best-educated generation to date, data from the Pew Research Center show about two-thirds of millennials between ages 25 and 32 lack a bachelor’s degree. That majority is often ignored in conversations about millennials.

Read more at: www.npr.org

The Woz’s Thoughts on Education


Brian Bull / ideastream

Steve Wozniak is known for many things: being one of the founders of Apple, inventing the Apple II computer, riding Segways.

And now add another subject to that list: talking about the importance of properly integrating technology and education.

ideastream’s Brian Bull caught up with him recently in Cleveland, where Wozniak touched on that subject.

“Technology is the essential and most important academic tool that we’ve ever had in our history,” Wozniak told Bull. “Has it made kids, students, learn more and come out smarter and better thinkers?  That’s the funny thing, I have to say “no” to that.”

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