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State Board of Education on Public Complaints over PARCC Test

District 11 member Mary Rose Oakar of Cleveland (foreground) telling Sen. Peggy Lehner (back) about public complaints over PARCC test.

Ohio public schools are in their third week of issuing standardized tests for students in fourth through sixth grades, eighth grade, and high school. The state legislature passed a law one year ago that eliminates any ramifications for the pupils in this first year of the test. But that hasn’t calmed down members of the [...]

Former House Speaker Works for Charter Conglomerate

Cliff Rosenberger on stage at City Club.  Former House Speaker Bill Batchelder, with blue tie, in audience.

Charter school advocates speaking at the University of Colorado over the weekend took aim at several underperforming charters school operators in Ohio. They mentioned White Hat Management and  the online conglomerate Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow or ECOT. ECOT recently hired the lobby firm of William Batchelder, the former Speaker of the House. Batchelder insists he won’t [...]

Three Questions with Sesame Street’s Rosemarie Truglio

Dr. Rosemarie Truglio has been contributing to the development of Sesame Street  for eighteen years. In her current role as Vice President of Education and Research at Sesame Workshop, she helps oversee the development of the show’s curriculum each season. Recently, she stopped by ideastream’s studios and chatted with the StateImpact team about the current [...]

Gov. John Kasich Mentions Charters, School Funding in State of The State Speech


PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OHIO CHANNEL One of the larger themes of Governor Kasich’s State of the State address last night revolved around education. Touching on the familiar topics of school funding, charter schools, and the state university system, Kasich mentioned budget cuts for some wealthier K-12 districts, along with wanting state universities to also [...]

The Potential Education Mentions at Tonight’s State of The State Address

Governor John Kasich at is E Prep & Village Prep Woodland Hills in Cleveland.

Mark Urycki / StateImpact Ohio Tonight is Gov. John Kasich’s annual “State of the State” speech. If last year’s event is any indication, his education agenda may make a significant appearance when he takes the stage in Wilmington, about an hour south of Columbus. In 2014, Kasich spent nearly 20 minutes talking about plans for [...]

Charter Critics Offer Praise


Brian Bull / ideastream Ohio leaders are taking steps to reform the state’s charter school system. There are two plans out there right now that could expand accountability– and a big critic of charters actually calls the plans a positive step.

Governor Kasich Warns Colleges to Cut Costs

MICHELLE KANU / IDEASTREAM When Governor Kasich released his budget proposal Monday, he asked for a number of changes to Ohio’s education policy. He’s looking to shift state funding more toward districts that have low income and low property values. Ever since the DeRolph versusState of Ohio case almost 20 years ago, critics have been asking [...]

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