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Some Democratic state lawmakers say they might vote against the proposed transportation budget because of a provision they say would restrict voting rights by making it more difficult for out-of-state college students to vote in Ohio.
Two reports come up with different answers.
Parents concerned about what private testing companies do with children’s personal data.
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When it comes to state legislation, Ohio’s charter schools are just about average, according to a new national report card.
The Center for Education Reform–which, as the Columbus Dispatch points out, is a group advocating for opening publicly funded and privately run charters–awarded Ohio a “C” grade based on a handful of grading points, including current charter laws and state funding formulas.
Up one spot from last year’s score, the Buckeye State ranked 14th out of the 42 states and Washington, D.C. that currently have some type of charter laws on the books.
This spring, students in Ohio and across the state are taking new batches of standardized tests aligned to the Common Core education standards. As the Hechinger Report points out, the tests have cost roughly $360 million, and have brought along lots of controversy during the past four years of development.
New York’s Pace University is dropping the price tag for students enrolling in its law school. The Wall Street Journal reports the school will offer to match the price of a public law school from the applicant’s home state. This option will be available for certain students based on certain GPA and LSAT scores, and as the WSJ points out, tuition rates could be cut in half for some students.
As our partners at WKSU report, a 19-year-old Akron man is suing the University of Akron’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter after alleging fraternity members used racial slurs during a physical fight.
The Common Core education standards are no stranger to public outcry, but as EdWeek reports, states are trying to figure out ways to minimize any negative commotion that may pop up when scores from accompanying standardized tests are released this fall.
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Ohio’s first charter school opened nearly twenty years ago–but Innovation Ohio’s education policy fellow Stephen Dyer said it’s only recently that the attitude around the publicly funded, privately run schools has begun to shift.
“I think people are just starting to recognize, ‘look, charters aren’t going anywhere, let’s make sure we have good ones,’” he said.
NPR’s education team chatted with author Daniel Willingham on the importance of making the distinction between ensuring kids know how to read and actually creating a love of reading.
“The most obvious is to be a model of someone who loves reading,” Willingham told NPR. “One of the things I hit hard in this book is the idea of creating a sense in the child that this is what we value in our family. I think a lot of parents don’t appreciate what a powerful message that can be for kids.”