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How Ohio School Choice Moved from Vouchers to Charters

The state legislature this spring has been updating rules for how charter schools operate in Ohio. It’s the latest in the evolution of charters here. The legislature has been tweaking the rules and regulations on charters every year or two since they began here in 1997. The first proposal for charter schools goes back 40 years [...]

Study Says Ohio Pupils Not Hurt by Switching Schools

A new study has found that closing schools in Ohio can be a good thing. A report from the non-profit Thomas B. Fordham Institute finds students generally do better in math and reading when they move to new schools. Investigators from Ohio State and the University of Oklahoma followed some 23,000 students in Ohio’s 8 [...]

A “Brain-Based” Curriculum for Kids in Poverty

Earlier this year, an analysis of federal data found that for the first time in at least 50 years more than half of the public school children in America are living in poverty. In Ohio, the number is only 39 percent, but it still concerns school officials here who know that poor kids come to [...]

Masonry Competition Underscores Future Skills Shortage

Mark Urycki / StateImpact Ohio The days of making ashtrays for high school shop class are over. And the classes now offered go well beyond the old vocational education models. At the 10th Annual High School Masonry Competition held at Buchtel High School in Akron, 40 kids from around Ohio and a few from Pennsylvania [...]

Governor on Charter Reform, Funding, and Youngstown Schools

Just two days after delivering his biennium budget proposal, Governor John Kasich visited a charter school in Cleveland. The E Prep & Village Prep Woodland Hills School is a successful elementary charter that is sponsored by the city’s public school district. The Governor used the moment to talk about charter reform, his distribution of school [...]

Ohio Superintendents to White House for ConnectEd

Two Ohio school superintendents were among 100 others from around the country who visited the White House Wednesday. They were invited by President Obama for their efforts to introduce technology in the classroom. The president asked them to spread the word of online learning. Mentor school superintendent Matt Miller and Reynoldsburg superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning joined [...]

Progressive Think Tank, Ohio Education Association Launch Charter School Website

A liberal think tank and the state’s largest teachers union have launched a website that provides Ohioans comparisons of public school districts and public and private charter schools in an area. But a spokesman for the pro-charter school group My School, My Choice claims the site has false statements about charter schools so data can’t [...]

Cleveland Plan Showing First Signs Of Success, Says Schools CEO Eric Gordon

Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon

Correction: This story originally stated that CEO Gordon did not discuss a bond issue for school construction on the November ballot.  He did indeed discuss it in both his speech and during the Q&A segment.  We regret the error.    Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon called the 2013-2014 school year a “year of disruption that [...]

Teachers And Parents Defend Horizon Science Academies As State Probe Expands

Parents and teachers on Tuesday told the Ohio Board of Education that a recent string of accusations against the Horizon Science Academies is becoming a distraction to student education. Shahrazad Ali, whose grandson is a freshman at the Horizon Science Academy in Cincinnati,went as far as saying that opponents of charter schools are conducting a [...]

The Sound of Ideas: Wrap-Around Schools

Kids are heading back to school this week, but some students will be carrying more than books. They’ll bring hunger, illness, maybe the baggage that comes with living in neighborhoods where poverty and crime persist. How do you teach children when life gets in the way of learning? In this edition of The Sound of [...]

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