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The Challenges of Calamity Days

SHEEPIES / FLICKR The weather may (finally!) be warming up in Ohio, but there’s still lots of talk about calamity days. The Ohio Senate is taking up a bill that will increase the number of snow days allowed this year from five to nine. The House passed its own version earlier this week. Earlier this [...]

PBS NewsHour Takes on the Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee

Ohio’s new third grade reading guarantee, which will require third graders to pass the state reading test in order to be promoted to fourth grade, is a big deal in Ohio elementary schools this year. It caught the attention of PBS NewsHour, which devoted a segment to the topic this month.

School Report Card Bill HB 555 Passes Senate

An amended bill to revamp Ohio school report cards has passed the state Senate and is expected to receive House approval soon before moving to Gov. John Kasich for final approval. But Gongwer News Service reports state Sent. Peggy Lehner, who chairs the Senate Education Committtee, said even then the bill, HB 555, will likely not [...]

Ohio Dials Back Requirement that Third Graders Pass Reading Test to Reach Fourth Grade

Ohio Gov. John Kasich wanted Ohio to require third graders to pass a state reading test in order to be promoted to fourth grade. The lawmakers on the state Senate Education Committee thought otherwise. Here’s how the governor wanted that requirement, called a “third grade reading guarantee,” to work.  Here’s how the Senate Education Committee thinks [...]

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