The Columbus Dispatch explores the possibility of Columbus City Schools putting a tax levy on an upcoming ballot.
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 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.
Ed Week reports the “excellence gap” still exists between white and minority students, and is especially evident at high-profile, selective high schools.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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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.