Eye on Education

What do Columbus residents want from their schools?

Two reports come up with different answers.

Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s Education Commission spent months in 2013 finding out what the public wanted from schools, and the answer included more online learning and the sharing of district property-tax dollars with charter schools. But a new “Listening Tour” report commissioned by the Columbus City Schools doesn’t even mention charters or the Internet.

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Ohio’s Charter School Laws Earn A “C” Grade, According to Pro-Charter Group


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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.

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Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Later, The Common Core Tests Have Arrived

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 Common Core tests are debuting on time this spring, but after years of bruising attacks from both left and right, the groups tapped by the federal government to build them are struggling to meet all the hype. Back in 2010, the plans for the new exams were introduced with much fanfare and many promises: …

Read more at: hechingerreport.org

Private New York Law School Set to Match in-State Public Tuition

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.

“Crazy Eddie” would be proud. Pace University Law School in New York isn’t the first law school to slash its prices to lure more students. But a new tuition program the private school is set to announce takes the discounting trend to a whole new level.

Read more at: blogs.wsj.com

University of Akron Fraternity Sued

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.

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Common Core States Brace for Test Publicity

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.

Even as states begin administering new tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards, they are ramping up efforts to eliminate or minimize public backlash when the scores-widely expected to be markedly lower than results from previous assessments-are released later this year.

Read more at: www.edweek.org

Ohio’s Charter School System Still Needs Work, Progressive Think Tank Says



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.

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How to Ensure Kids Love to Read

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.”

In his new book, Raising Kids Who Read, Daniel Willingham wants to be clear: There’s a big difference between teaching kids to read and teaching them to love reading. And Willingham, a parent himself, doesn’t champion reading for the obvious reasons – not because research suggests that kids who read for pleasure do better in school and in life.

Read more at: www.npr.org

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