Eye on Education

The State’s Biggest Online Charter School Faces Turnover Issues

Turnover issues at the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow–the Ohio charter school commonly referred to as ECOT—are big. As the Columbus Dispatch reports, last year the school had an average enrollment of more than 14,000 students, but 23,000 students enrolled at some point during the year. Many students enrolled for just a few weeks or months, the Dispatch points out.

Ohio’s largest online charter school averaged 14,600 students last school year, but almost 23,000 students were enrolled over the course of the year. Thousands of those students enrolled for just a few weeks or months in the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Finding New Ways to Educate Today’s Students about The Holocaust

NPR’s education team takes a look at how to teach a new generation of students about the Holocaust, including the non-profit Centropa that’s using first-person photos and stories from the era to help today’s children feel more connected.

“Centropa is far more about how Jews lived than about how they perished,” the group’s director and founder Edward Serotta explained. “If you want a student to learn more and to feel more about the subject, give them an entire life, give them a whole life for them to know about.”

Writer and philosopher Hannah Arendt once wrote that, with the German genocide of European Jews, human history “has known no story more difficult to tell.” And there may be no topic more difficult to teach. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Read more at: www.npr.org

Two Canton High Schools Set to Merge

After a school board vote last night, two of Canton City Schools’ high schools will merge this fall, our partners at WKSU report.

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Using The Internet to Pick up The Tab for Classroom Tools

From potato salad to college tuition, people use crowdsourcing websites to fund many different ventures. Yesterday, a school in Ashtabula County received a lesson on how to use one leading platform as a way to raise money to buy classroom tools, the Star Beacon reports.

James Walter Doyle, a former Harlem, N.Y.-area educator and director of teacher engagement for the website, gave the academic audience a brief overview of how to submit a project request, how to structure the request, what kind of requests are eligible and more.

Read more at: www.starbeacon.com

Mixing College And Career Tech Education

The reinvention of career tech education is gaining lots of attention here in Ohio and nationwide. As NPR’s Education Team reports, the Nashville Public School District suggests all students take a minimum of three CTE classes before graduating.

Schools don’t like to use the V-word anymore – “vocational,” as in “vocational education.” Administrators say the word is outdated, along with the idea of offering job-training courses onlyto students who are going straight into the workforce. Nashville, Tenn. is trying a new approach.

Read more at: www.npr.org

The Impact of Families on Students’ Education

As often speculated, a student’s family situation can have a big impact on the child’s education. A new report says today’s teenagers who live with just one parent can have a bigger disadvantage than those in the same situation four decades ago, Inside Higher Ed reports.

Spending your teenage years in a single-parent family puts you at a larger educational disadvantage today than it did 40 years ago, claims a new study. In 2009, young adults who spent time living in single-parent families had completed 1.32 fewer years of schooling than their peers from two-parent families, according to a paper published last week in the academic journal Education Next.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

Gov. John Kasich Mentions Charters, School Funding in State of The State Speech



One of the larger themes of Governor Kasich’s State of the State address last night revolved around education.

Touching on the familiar topics of school funding, charter schools, and the state university system, Kasich mentioned budget cuts for some wealthier K-12 districts, along with wanting state universities to also go on a diet.

During the speech in Wilmington, he spoke directly to state legislators, asking Senate President Keith Faber to join his task force of college presidents charged with finding ways to cut spending.

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Community College Expansion Plan May Have Some Holes, Critics Say

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama announced a plan that would make community college free. But as the Hechinger Report points out, critics have zeroed in on a few of their biggest problems with the idea, including that the plan would potentially just help students and families who earn too much to receive for low-income Pell grants, along with questioning if the program will really create graduates prepared enough for the workforce.

As President Barack Obama touts his idea for free community college in appearances around the country, Felipe Bezerra is dubious. “Tuition shouldn’t be free” for those who can afford to pay, said Bezerra, a student at Rio Hondo College, a community college near Los Angeles.

Read more at: hechingerreport.org

Weather’s Not Forcing Districts To Tack Additional Days onto School Calendar Quite Yet

In an almost deja vu repeat of last year’s surplus of snow days, frigid temperatures across the state have forced many schools to cancel classes this winter. But as the Cleveland Plain Dealer points out, thanks to a change in state rules regarding calamity days, many districts haven’t had to extend their school years quite yet.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Northeast Ohio schools are piling up “snow days” even faster than the fluffy stuff is mounting in our driveways. Today is the fourth day of weather cancellations in a row for districts like Cleveland and Parma, who closed schools because of continuing negative wind chills.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

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