Eye on Education

Women Make Up Just Small Percentage of Northeast Ohio Superintendents

Three quarters of Ohio’s teachers are female—but they make up just 15 percent of the state’s hundreds of superintendent positions. Those findings come from a recent Northeast Ohio Media Group survey of Northeast Ohio administrators holding school districts’ top spots.

“We have a profession of women that are run by men,” said retired superintendent and college professor Rosemary Gornik told NEOMG. “There is a glass ceiling.”

Creation Of Sales Tax Holiday For School Supplies Moves Ahead


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Legislation is moving along that would create a sales tax holiday for school supplies next year.

This week, the Ohio senate approved legislation that would set aside the first weekend of August 2015 for families doing back-to-school shopping to take advantage of a sales tax exemption.

It covers school supplies and materials up to $20 per item, and clothes up to $75 per item.

The bill was penned by Republican State Senator Kevin Bacon who represents part of Franklin County around Columbus.

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Stanford Study Finds Highs and Lows in Ohio Charter Schools

Urban charter schools did best compared to Traditional Public Schools when serving  black pupils below the poverty level.

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Urban charter schools did best compared to Traditional Public Schools when serving black pupils below the poverty level.

A new analysis of the performance of charter schools in Ohio found that they are lagging behind public schools.  The 5 year study by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes measured growth by students in charter schools to growth by similar students in public schools.

For the state as a whole, the charter students fell behind an equivalent of 14 school days in reading and math.  When measuring overall achievement it found 93% of Ohio’s charter schools were below the 50 percentile for public schools.

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The Cost of the MAC

A handful of sports teams at Ohio’s state-funded four-year universities belong to the Mid-American Conference–and many rely on student fees’ to pay the bills. As the Toledo Blade reports, the National Collegiate Athletic Association is set to vote on a motion to add the cost of attendance—a price determined by each campus to factor in costs beyond tuition–into student-athletes’ scholarships. If passed, the move could add approximately $1 million per year to the athletic budgets of those students in the MAC, the Blade says.

The cost of athletics in the Mid-American Conference – whose 12 full members already are heavily subsidized and dependent upon student fees – is likely to rise once again, though those within the conference believe for a legitimate reason. For the first time in more than 40 years, the college athletic scholarship is likely to see a dramatic redefinition.

Read more at: www.bcsn.tv

The Impacts of The Congressional Budget Deal on Higher Ed

Earlier this week, Congress agreed on a budget deal to pay the country’s bills through next December. As Inside Higher Ed reports, one of the biggest measures calls for restoring a program allowing high school dropouts to receive federal financial student aid—only if they enroll in a targeted community college program. Other bullet points of the bill include a slight uptick in both federal financial aid and research funding, IHE reports.

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders agreed Tuesday on a spending bill that would avoid a government shutdown and provide modest increases to student aid programs and scientific research. The compromise deal, which would fund most of the federal government until next October, would also restore a pathway to student aid for students who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent, like a GED.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

Change to Rules Dealing with Specialty Education Positions Takes Next Step

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The state is one step closer towards changing the rules on music and art teachers along with other specialty positions.

But it could still be months before the plan is finalized.

Right now for every one thousand elementary students, schools must have at least five of these positions: art, phys ed, and music teachers, counselors, nurses, librarians, social workers, and visiting teachers.

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Central Ohio Reporter Heads Back to Third Grade

A Central Ohio reporter is embedding with a group—but not in the traditional sense of becoming part of a military company. Instead, a Marion Star reporter is getting a first-hand look at how the Common Core is impacting one district by sitting in on a handful of third grade math and English classes.

“This week, I, a 5’10″ 24-year-old woman, am the new kid in school,” wrote reporter Michelle Rotuno-Johnson.

Michelle Rotuno-Johnson is going back to third grade to provide a look at the issue from inside the classroom. She will spend several days in Elgin Local Schools talking with students and teachers. Editor’s Note: Reporter Michelle Rotuno-Johnson is learning first-hand about how the Common Core educational standards affect math and language arts classes.

Read more at: www.marionstar.com

Bill Requiring Day Care Vaccinations Passes House

Late last week, the Ohio House unanimously voted to potentially require children to get vaccinated before enrolling in daycare. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the measure calls for parents to provide proof students have been or will be vaccinated against diseases like chicken pox and measles. A recent poll says roughly 66 percent of parents think they should know the number of classroom who aren’t vaccinated, the Enquirer adds.

A new national poll shows by large majorities that parents want other kids to have their shots before going into daycare. Ohio has long lagged the nation in compelling vaccinations of children going into day care, but a unanimous Ohio House has taken a major step to change that status.

Read more at: www.cincinnati.com

Ohio Rolls Out “Community Connectors” Mentoring Program


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More than 4.5 million children will now have a mentor while growing up, up from 300,000 in the 1990s, according to MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.

Now, the state of Ohio is getting into the mix.

Ten million dollars of state grant money is up for grabs under the Ohio Department of Education’s “Community Connectors,” a mentoring initiative first mentioned in Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State address earlier this year.

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