Eye on Education

In Akron, A Coding Bootcamp Draws Students Looking For A Career Re-Start


Bill Rice

As technology touches more and more aspects of life, and all manner of companies race to design new apps, mobile platforms, anti-hacking systems and the like – one outcome is certain: more tech jobs.

Openings for software developers are growing at a far faster rate than most occupations, and the Labor Department says that’s likely to continue for years to come.

Tech entrepreneurs see an opportunity in this.

What if you didn’t need to spend four years in college studying computer science to get a job as a software developer?  What if you could learn what you need to know to write code in just three months?

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How The Recession Impacted College Graduates



As far as current events are concerned, 2008 was another busy year.

Fidel Castro retired. The Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series. Michael Phelps nabbed seven Olympic medals in Beijing. President Obama was elected to his first presidential term.

It also marked another year where Americans experienced the worst economic downturn in nearly a century.

And now a  report out this week from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics looks at how the recession impacted 2008′s college graduates in the years following their graduations.

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Group Recognizes Early Years As Key To Future Success

The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education has expanded its mission to a degree that renders its name a bit of a misnomer. No longer is the mission confined exclusively to matters of post-secondary education, the Plain Dealer reports. It now encompasses the entire spectrum of education, recognizing that the foundation for academic success at the highest levels must be forged and nurtured beginning in preschool.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education may need to change its name. The council has adopted a new mission – again – and will now focus on what it calls the “cradle to career pipeline.” The board of trustees approved the change in June.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Schools Work to Increase High Speed Internet Access

As Ohio approaches the full implementation of the Common Core learning standards later this year, schools around the state are joining their nationwide counterparts in an effort to close the “digital gap” by providing more public schools with high-speed Internet access, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The thousands of miles of wiring frantically being strung throughout America’s schools this summer may look like everyday Internet cables. They’re actually lifelines of high-speed learning. They are part of a more than $2 billion nationwide investment to close the gap between public school haves and have-nots, both of which are increasingly dependent on high-speed Internet to teach students.

Read more at: www.cincinnati.com

The Process of Picking Principals



There’s a laundry list of factors that can play into a school’s success. A few of the most common are great teachers, engaged parents, and a supportive community.

And one of the biggest contributors to a school’s success is by placing the right candidate in their principal position.

According to The Atlantic, productive principals can increase their students’ achievement gains by up to seven months, while ineffective leaders can push their students’ progress back by that same amount.

But a recent report from a team of analysts from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an educational think tank, and education policy firm Public Impact points out schools may struggle to both find and retain the right talent for one of the school system’s top spots.

“Far too many U.S. schools lack the leaders they need,” the report’s authors said. “Far too many principals lack the wherewithal–authority, resources, capacity, etc.–to lead effectively.”

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White House Announces “Excellent Educators for All” Plan

Earlier today, President Barack Obama’s administration announced a new initiative that will give students across the country a chance to be taught by good teachers, the Huffington Post reports. There will be a multi-step approach to making sure this happens, including the Department of Education’s publication of how schools fare in regards to equity, along with providing states with more than four million dollars to help create detailed plans of their initiatives to give poor and minority students “effective educators” by 2015.

The Obama administration will announce plans on Monday to enforce a long-ignored federal mandate: a decade-old requirement that states give students of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds equal access to good teachers. The new initiative, called “Excellent Educators for All,” aims to bring states into compliance with a teacher equity mandate in the No Child Left Behind Act, the George W.

Read more at: www.huffingtonpost.com

For Growing Latino Population, Education’s An Important Issue

One of the most important issues to the country’s Latino population? Education, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center.

“The study opens up the stereotype that Latinos are only concerned with the issue of immigration,” Abril Trigo, director of the Center of Latin American Studies at Ohio State University, said in this Columbus Dispatch article. “For Latinos — people who are legal citizens — education is important because it looks to forward the future of our kids. But Latinos are not only migrants, they are people, too, and have concerns not just about migration.”

When Lourdes Barroso de Padilla and her husband enrolled her 6-year-old daughter, Eva, in Clintonville Academy, she wanted to create opportunities for her that she never had. “We understand education is important for not just getting ahead, but we want to create a love of learning in our daughters,” Barroso de Padilla said.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Students to Retake Third Grade Reading Assessment

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FLICKR / McCain Library at Erskine College and Seminary

Ohio third graders who fell short on the third grade reading assessment get another chance at the test this week.

Last spring, 88 percent of Ohio’s third graders scored will enough on the reading assessment to advance to the fourth grade.  That left 12 percent, or about 13-14,000 kids, who scored below the promotion cut-off score of 392.

The assessment is being offered in districts across the state one last time this week for those who fell short.

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Talks Stalled and Tensions High Over Controversial Contract Proposal


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Negotiations between the Reynoldsburg Teachers Association (REA) and Reynoldsburg City Schools surrounding a proposal that would dramatically change the district’s pay and benefits policies are on hold until August.

The proposal first drew widespread attention in May as a bold move to place greater responsibility on teachers for student performance.

On July 26th, as teachers protested against the proposal outside district headquarters, district officials halted negotiations until a mediator could be brought in.  Talks resumed with a mediator present the following Monday, but no progress was made.

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Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Differences in tests, scoring play role in “Guarantee”  Many Ohio third graders who fell short on the third grade reading assessment are advancing to fourth grade after passing an alternative test.  Some say alternative tests are being used to skirt around the third grade reading guarantee. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Franklin County survey on kids’ drug views is cancelled The Education Council has conducted the survey every three years since 1988, but couldn’t raise the $300,000 needed to distribute it and analyze the results.  (Columbus Dispatch)
Ohio’s public colleges the most costly to attend  Miami University has the highest annual cost of all public four-year institutions in the country, and four other public universities in the state rank in the top 25.  (Plain Dealer)
Interest rates for student loans went up July 1st.  For every $10,000 borrowed, the average borrower under the hike will pay back about $4 more every month when they begin paying back the money.  (Columbus Dispatch)
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