Eye on Education

Amy Hansen

Broadcast Reporter

Amy Hansen is an education reporter/producer for StateImpact Ohio. Amy previously was an enterprise reporter for The Beaver County Times in Western Pennsylvania, where she covered in-depth community issues such as hunger and homelessness. Amy has also worked for WGBH’s FRONTLINE and The Boston Herald. The Pittsburgh native holds an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College, where she was the 2013 Journalism Graduate Student of the Year, along with a B.A. in Mass Media Communications from The University of Akron.

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Could Columbus City Schools Be Thinking about A Tax Levy?

The Columbus Dispatch explores the possibility of Columbus City Schools putting a tax levy on an upcoming ballot.

In public education, there are two sure things these days: tests and taxes. Let’s discuss the second one. Although no one on the Columbus Board of Education has uttered the word levy since voters crushed the district’s request in November 2013, a district committee has begun gathering information on how much property taxes would have to rise to replace the remaining amount the district gets from the state’s tangible personal property tax over the next four years.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Five Spots Remain Open on State’s Higher Education Task Force

Earlier this year, Gov. John Kasich created a group to examine the price of the state’s higher education system, but as the Northeast Ohio Media Group reports, five appointments still remain open.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Gov. John Kasich’s task force to study the costs of higher education is still being formed, nearly four months after he created it. Kasich made three appointments Tuesday to the Ohio Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency in Higher Education.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

When It Comes to Urban Districts, New Research Finds Cleveland Isn’t Doing Too Bad

Cleveland Metropolitan School District faces challenges that are similar to many of its urban counterparts—many of its students are poor or come from challenging backgrounds. But researchers from Cleveland State and Cuyahoga Community College have found that when the district’s test scores are modified to reflect the demographic circumstances, CMSD is exceeding predicted benchmarks, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland schools are doing better than expected — for a district of poor, minority, transient and often learning-disabled students. A recent report from Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College says that despite continuing poor grades on its state report card, the district is beating its predicted performance, given all of its socioeconomic challenges.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Exclusive High Schools May Have A Diversity Problem

Ed Week reports the “excellence gap” still exists between white and minority students, and is especially evident at high-profile, selective high schools.

To make the competitive Pre-Collegiate STEM Academy at Middleton High School reflect the economic and racial diversity of her urban district in Tampa, Fla., Principal Kim D. Moore says it takes a concerted effort. That means going to elementary schools with robotics clubs and inviting middle school students in to practice with the high school mathematics team.

Read more at: www.edweek.org

Majority of Schools Now Have Shooting Drills

The majority—roughly 70 percent—of schools across the country now have some type of school shooting drill in place, Vox reports, but the precautions may be unintentionally traumatizing students.

Schools are now treating mass shootings like tornadoes and earthquakes – disasters beyond their control that students must be prepared for at all costs. A new survey from the Education Department found that 70 percent of schools practice school shooting drills, up from 53 percent in 2008.

Read more at: www.vox.com

Poor Areas May Lack Resources for Gifted Students

While some economically challenged public districts may offer some screening services and supplemental programs for gifted students, EdWeek reports those efforts may not be strong enough to close the achievement gap.

What does it take to find the country’s most promising, academically talented students? In wealthier enclaves, where gifted education programs often flourish, it can be simply a matter of testing to cream the best from a pool of youngsters who have had high-quality early enrichment and academics.

Read more at: www.edweek.org

Private College Police Departments Will Now Have to Make Records Public

Thanks to a 4-3 state supreme court decision, the Columbus Dispatch reports campus police departments will now be required to make their records public.

Police departments at private colleges and universities are required to release their records to the public, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled today in a case involving Otterbein University. By a 4-3 vote, the court majority found that since private college police forces are a creation of state law and perform an historically government function, they are required to comply with Ohio public records law.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

The Future of Northeast Ohio’s Public Universities Is Bright, Presidents Say

In a speech aiming to rebrand The University of Akron as “Ohio’s Polytechnic University,” university president Scott Scarborough may have ruffled a few of his colleagues’ feathers. During last week’s speech at The City Club of Cleveland, Scarborough wondered what kind of longevity other Northeast Ohio universities would have unless they potentially implemented some changes. Crain’s Cleveland reports presidents at a handful of other nearby universities called their outlooks of Northeast Ohio’s higher education future “much more optimistic”.


Read more at: home.crainscleveland.com

PARCC Shaves 90 Minutes Off of Exams

Students won’t be spending as much time on Common Core-aligned exams. EdWeek reports test creator PARCC will shave an hour and a half off of the current 10+ hours of testing. Eleven states, including Ohio, and Washington D.C. administer the PARCC assessments.

In the face of rising opposition to testing, the PARCC consortium has decided to carve 90 minutes off its 10- to 11-hour-long assessment, and shift the start of testing to later in the school year.

Read more at: www.edweek.org

Gov. John Kasich’s Stance on Charter Schools



Right from his very first term, Kasich made his views on school choice–including charter schools–very clear.

“More choice, more accountability, more dollars in the classroom instead of bureaucracy will improve our schools, and we are going to have a significant reform agenda,”  he said in his State of the State address in 2011.

Since then, the number of publicly funded, privately run schools has grown from around 325 schools to more than 370 today.

Those schools received strong financial support under Kasich’s latest budget proposal.


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