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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When It Comes to Time Spent with Kids, New Research Says It’s Quality over Quantity

New research published in the Washington Post points to the quality of time parents spend with children is more important than the quantity of time.

Do parents, especially mothers, spend enough time with their children? Though American parents are with their children more than any parents in the world, many feel guilty because they don’t believe it’s enough. That’s because there’s a widespread cultural assumption that the time parents, particularly mothers, spend with children is key to ensuring a bright future.

Read more at: www.washingtonpost.com

Ohio State President “Settling In”

Ohio State president Michael Drake has been holding the university’s top spot for nearly a year, but as the Columbus Dispatch points out, a growing worry on campus is that Drake may not have as big of a public profile as some would like.

There’s a running joke among students at Ohio State University that President Michael V. Drake, who has been on the job for nine months, has never been on campus. On a brutally cold day, the joke flew around on social media: “Why would Drake cancel classes? He never sets foot on campus anyway.”

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Cleveland Teachers Are Unhappy About District’s Budget Cuts, New Pay Plan

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, city teachers aren’t too pleased with the district’s administration. At a meeting Thursday evening, members of the Cleveland Teachers Union voiced their complaints about district-wide budget and staff cuts, along with a new pay scale.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland teachers aren’t very happy right now – about a lot of things. Members of the Cleveland Teachers Union filled the auditorium of Collinwood High School Thursday night to complain mostly about how individual schools across the district have to cut budgets, and often staff, for next year.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

The Value of P.E.

NPR’s education team recently spoke to Dr. Gregory Myer, Director of Research at the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, about why schools should take an in-depth look at both the amount of time students spend in physical education classes and the type of exercise activities that are making up students’ days.

When it comes to kids and exercise, schools need to step up and focus more on quality as well as quantity. And, says Dr. Gregory D. Myer, they need to promote activities that develop motor skills, socialization and fun. Myer is one of the authors of a recent paper and commentary on children and exercise.

Read more at: www.npr.org

Toledo Teachers Speak Out Against Testing

The Toledo Blade reports more than 100 teachers protested standardized testing outside of the district’s headquarters. The teachers would like Toledo Public Schools to pull out of the PARCC standardized exams, but as the Blade points out, making that move could have some big consequences for the district.

Toledo-area teachers spoke out Tuesday evening over what they say is the over-testing of students, and said the school district should opt out of a next round of standardized exams. More than 100 teachers rallied outside the Toledo Public Schools headquarters on Manhattan Boulevard, calling for the Toledo Board of Education to adopt a resolution asking for a pause to the tests.

Read more at: www.toledoblade.com

Gov. John Kasich Is Still A Fan of The Common Core

There’s been no announcement from Gov. John Kasich’s camp on if he’ll run for president. But as the Wall Street Journal reports, if Kasich decides to launch a campaign, he’ll probably still be vocal about his support of the Common Core educational standards.

“Sometimes things get to be political and they get to be runaway Internet issues,” Kaisch said in the WSJ piece. “We don’t want the federal government driving K-12 education, and in my state–the state of Ohio–that is simply not the case.”

Important Ed-Tech Questions to Ask Teachers

“What training and development resources are you providing to teachers so they can use the devices effectively?” “Walk me through what my kid’s day will look like.” “What will coding classes do in terms of critical thinking skills that, say, a cooking class wouldn’t?” These are just a few of the questions NPR’s Education Team points out parents should be asking when it comes to demystifying blended learning curriculum.

When a 4-year-old comes home from pre-K proudly announcing that she spent her “choice time” playing on the computer, what’s a parent to do? Among public school classrooms, 97 percent have at least one computer – a stat that dates back to 2009, light-years ago in technology time.

Read more at: www.npr.org

Ohio State Faculty Fearful Over Proposed Intellectual Property Rule

Some Ohio State University faculty members are speaking out against a potential update to the school’s intellectual property regulations. The Columbus Dispatch reports professors are nervous the change could allow the university to tap into profits from books and other material they may create while on campus.

Ohio State University faculty members are fighting a proposal that they fear would give the school a claim to profits from books, articles, software and other works they create. The proposal, which is still an early draft, is meant to update an intellectual-property rule that was last changed 14?years ago.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Ohio’s Charter School Laws Earn A “C” Grade, According to Pro-Charter Group


Brian Bull / ideastream

When it comes to state legislation, Ohio’s charter schools are just about average, according to a new national report card.

The Center for Education Reform–which, as the Columbus Dispatch points out, is a group advocating for opening publicly funded and privately run charters–awarded Ohio a “C” grade based on a handful of grading points, including current charter laws and state funding formulas.

Up one spot from last year’s score, the Buckeye State ranked 14th out of the 42 states and Washington, D.C. that currently have some type of charter laws on the books.

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Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Later, The Common Core Tests Have Arrived

This spring, students in Ohio and across the state are taking new batches of standardized tests aligned to the Common Core education standards. As the Hechinger Report points out, the tests have cost roughly $360 million, and have brought along lots of controversy during the past four years of development.

New Common Core tests are debuting on time this spring, but after years of bruising attacks from both left and right, the groups tapped by the federal government to build them are struggling to meet all the hype. Back in 2010, the plans for the new exams were introduced with much fanfare and many promises: …

Read more at: hechingerreport.org

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