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Will Ohio Join Indiana in Leaving the Common Core?

Jenlight / Flickr Last year, Republican State Rep. Andy Thompson of Marietta introduced House Bill 237 that would stop Ohio from implementing the new set of learning expectations for K-12 students in math and English known as the Common Core. And after learning of Indiana’s decision to drop the standards, Thompson questions whether the move [...]

Coming Soon: Career Tech Education for a Younger Crowd

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WISTECHCOLLEGES/ FLICKR The Ohio Department of Education estimates more than 120,000 high school students take part in some type of vocational education classes every year. And last month, Gov. John Kasich said he wants to boost that number by offering hands-on classes to kids as early as the seventh grade. And thanks to a rule [...]

Indiana’s The First State to Ditch The Common Core

Stacey Shintani / Flickr See you later, Common Core. At least, that’s the thought in Indiana this morning after Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation yesterday to withdraw the new set of learning expectations of what K-12 students should be learning in math and English, according to our friends at StateImpact Indiana. He said education should [...]

Third Graders Struggling on OAA Reading Can Take An Alternative Test

ANGRYJULIEMONDAY / FLICKR Parents concerned that their third graders could be held back because of their low reading scores on the Ohio Achievement Assessment have another option. The Ohio Department of Education says there are three alternative assessments kids can take that are allowed under the state’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. ODE released the approved [...]

Cleveland Expands Efforts To Help 4-Year-Olds Access to Preschool

Cleveland is one of a handful of cities around the state trying to expand early childhood education for kids under five. Last fall, city leaders teamed up with Cuyahoga County officials and two dozen local agencies to brainstorm ways to make high quality programs available for all kids in the area. Now they say they [...]

Five Things To Know About Vocational Ed in Ohio

After a twenty year decline in enrollment, vocational education is back in vogue. As employers around the state complain about not being able to find enough qualified workers to fill the jobs they have open, schools and political leaders are starting to take notice. Governor John Kasich recently said he wants to expand vocational education to [...]

Health Centers Help Schools Expand Care for Students

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WENZDAY01 / FLICKR Nationwide, schools are revamping the way they offer health services for students. Instead of just having a school nurse who doles out band-aids and checks for lice, many are now opening health centers that offer more holistic and comprehensive health treatment. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, health [...]

Why Ohio’s Early Charter School Era Was Kind Of Like Medieval Times

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Ohio’s first charter school opened 15 years ago. And in those early days of the charter school movement, things were rather “feudal,” says Bill Sims, head of the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools: Initial stakeholders had their own lobbyists. They had their own ramparts but without much of a developed community roundtable. And i [...]

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