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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Some Central Ohio Districts See High Teacher Turnover Rate

The Columbus Dispatch reports teachers in the Reynoldsburg School District are leaving at a high rate. One in five educators won’t head back to the districts’ schools for the upcoming school year.

Several central Ohio school districts are experiencing an uptick in teacher turnover, though none as high as in Reynoldsburg schools. One in 5 teachers won’t return to Reynoldsburg this fall, similar to the turnover rate after the 2013-14 school year. In two years, 139 teachers have either resigned or retired.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

OSU’s Airport Upgrade Comes with A $10 Million Price Tag

A multi-million grant from a national foundation will be used to create a new aviation research area at Ohio State’s airport, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reports.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University has received $10 million from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation to upgrade the terminal and the education and research facilities at the university’s airport. The gift, distributed over five years, will support construction of a new aviation education and research facility, which will be named the Austin E.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Ohio’s Rural Schools Adapt Well to Standardized Tests

The Columbus Dispatch reports almost a quarter of all of the state’s 231 rural districts administered last year’s PARCC tests strictly online, more than their urban, small town, and suburban counterparts.

Ohio students could take state tests online for the first time last school year, and many of them did. A state survey found that 71 percent of more than 600 school districts administered both online and paper/pencil state tests.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Ohio Hosts Tax-Free Weekend Next Month

Need school supplies? The first weekend of August may be a great time to stock up. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the state will offer a tax-free weekend on back-to-school supplies, including shoes and clothes, on Aug. 7 through 9.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Only 16 days until Ohioans can take advantage of the state’s first-ever state tax holiday on back-to-school purchases of clothing, shoes and school supplies Aug. 7 through 9. With 1.1 million pupils and more than 500,000 students in Ohio colleges, one in seven Ohio families has students headed to school this fall.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Gov. John Kasich’s Education Record Earns National Spotlight

After Gov. John Kasich’s presidential announcement yesterday, EdWeek takes a look at his educational track record, highlighting his stance on charter schools and the Common Core.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has officially become the 16th candidate to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. He doesn’t have the kind of high-profile and polarizing history with public schools that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker can claim. But his work in K-12 policy is actually quite extensive.

Read more at: blogs.edweek.org

State School Board Hasn’t Yet Asked Superintendent to Resign

While a handful of lawmakers would like to see state superintendent Richard Ross removed from his position after recent public outcry surrounding the state’s charter school system, the Columbus Dispatch says the state board of education hasn’t made any moves to do so.

Despite calls from Democratic lawmakers for state Superintendent Richard A. Ross’ resignation, no one on the state Board of Education has asked him to leave. And they haven’t requested an investigation of Ross and his handling of the Department of Education following revelations that state officials ignored state law and excluded poor-performing online schools from charter-sponsor evaluations.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Apprenticeships’ Popularity Continues to Grow

Career-tech education and apprenticeships have been reemerging as a viable option for students wanting to explore more hands-on training without taking on a ton of student loans. The New York Times takes a look at one of the most recent facelifts, including where a handful of presidential candidates stand on the programs.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – With its gleaming classrooms, sports teams and even a pep squad, the Apprentice School that serves the enormous Navy shipyard here bears little resemblance to a traditional vocational education program. And that is exactly the point.

Read more at: www.nytimes.com

Youngstown Mayor Wants to Join District’s New Academic Distress Commission

Youngstown Mayor John McNally, right, along with Democratic state senator Joe Schiavoni at a recent informational meeting about the new legislation.

Amy Hansen / StateImpact

Youngstown Mayor John McNally, right, along with Democratic state senator Joe Schiavoni at a recent informational meeting about the new legislation.

This week, Gov. John Kasich signed into law a new plan allowing for more state intervention in the Youngstown City School District.

The next step is for state and city leaders to appoint a commission that will select a CEO  for the schools.

There are already plans in motion to fill one of the five open commission seats.

Youngstown Mayor John McNally gets to choose one person for the commission.  He doesn’t think it’ll take long to make his appointment—because he intends to nominate himself.

“I think for the only way for the mayor to actually know what is going on with a new CEO position, with the powers that person is going to exercise, and with state control being asserted over the district, I think it’s very important for the mayor to be involved in that process,” he said.

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