The Ohio House has passed H.B. 487, a bill jam packed with several education initiatives. The Columbus Dispatch reports the legislation overhauls Ohio’s postsecondary enrollment program, forces charter school sponsors to closely review school finances, and opens career tech education to middle schoolers. The bill also requires school districts better identify students who are at risk of dropping out.
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The state has extended its deadline for parents to apply for taxpayer-funded vouchers to go to private schools instead of the low-performing schools their kids are assigned to attend.
A student must be in one of the 220 schools in the state’s lowest two categories. And a student must be accepted to one of the more than 400 private charter or religious school to get a voucher.
Each voucher can total up to $5,000.
This spring, school districts in several states are test driving the new tests aligned to the Common Core learning standards. Students won’t be held accountable for their scores on these tests until next year, once states fully adopt the new exams. As NPR reports, students will likely find the reading passages on these new tests will require more critical thinking than they’re used to on their states’ old exams.
Reading is essential to almost every aspect of learning.
When students have poor reading skills, it can put them behind both academically and socially, and decrease their odds of earning a high school diploma.
That’s what happened to thirty-year-old Linda Jones.
“My process of learning how to read in elementary school was very difficult,” she says. “First you have to be able to pay attention to get it. I didn’t really pay attention.”
Ohio’s almost at a full, statewide launch of the Common Core, a new set of learning expectations for what K-12 should know in math and English.
Beginning in fall 2014, new standardized tests will roll out that are aligned to the new set of standards.
But there’s still some contention, apprehension, and competing ideas about the Common Core– in fact, Indiana officially put their implementation of Common Core on pause last month.
Earlier today, WCPN’s daily call-in talk show The Sound of Ideas took a deeper look at where Ohio is currently standing on the Common Core.
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Thanks to a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Education, Toledo Public Schools will be receiving more than $3.8 million through the Youth CareerConnect grant.
Of the 24 school districts, state and local departments of education, and job training programs nationwide to get the grant, Toledo is the only one in Ohio chosen.
As many colleges and universities are now in the home stretch of finishing their spring semesters, the Columbus Dispatch reports that booking a commencement speaker can be a struggle.
More than 305,000 teenage girls gave birth across the country in 2012, according to data from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
That goes hand in hand with another statistic: 30 percent of teen girls who leave school say it’s due to parenthood.
That’s the case for 19-year-old Kathleen Clement, who gave birth to her daughter Helena last year.
Now, she looks forward to Tuesdays. That’s the day she gets to put aside parenting for a few hours with other young moms at Akron’s First Glance youth center.
During this recent evening, Clement and about 15 other women in their teens and early 20s are gathered around a folding table, making card games for their kids.