Eye on Education

Daily Digest: Excellent Schools To Drop In Status, the Future of Art Class, and more.

State switching to new system of grading academic performance ”Ohio is about to lose nearly 95 percent of its “excellent” schools. Last year, 382 school districts and charter schools received an A, or excellent rating, on state-issued report cards. If a new evaluation system the state plans to start using this year had been in place, only 22 would have gotten an A.” (Columbus Dispatch)

New law will put some teachers to the test Thousands of teachers in Ohio’s worst performing schools will have to take new licensing exams this fall. (springfieldnewssun.com)

Ohio schools leader fears for future of arts teaching ”Ohio Superintendent of Public Education Stan Heffner told a group of Cincinnati business leaders Thursday that he’s worried about the future of the arts in public schools. ‘I am worried for the arts because of funding,’ said Heffner. ‘Superintendents have no choice. They took hits.’” (cincinnati.com)

Schools push up property values ”Through February, school districts had filed more than double the number of complaints contesting property values set by the Franklin County auditor’s office than they filed in all of last year. The districts want the property values raised so they can collect more tax dollars.” (Columbus Dispatch)

Mayor Frank Jackson’s plan to revamp Cleveland schools still needs legislative support Jackson’s ideas to revamp Cleveland schools have been bundled into a bill, but that bill has no sponsors in the statehouse. (Cleveland.com)


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