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Study Finds Percentage of Minority Teachers at Cleveland Charter Schools Declined

As charter schools in the Cleveland area grew, the racial diversity of its teachers did not match its population. That’s the finding of a new study by the Shanker Institute that looked at Cleveland teacher diversity between 2000 and 2011.  The liberal-leaning education think tank found that the percentage of black teachers at Cleveland charter [...]

State School Board Members Worry Youngstown Takeover is all about Charters

In one month Ohio House Bill 70 will take effect and the state will take control of Youngstown City Schools. Democrats on the state board of education see the move as another in a series by the Kasich administration to promote charter schools. They wanted answers at this week’s board meeting in Columbus.

Students Stranded as Columbus Charter Closes

Columbus City Schools are getting plenty of calls from anxious parents after a charter school in Columbus closed its doors. Some 300 students were left scrambling to find a place to land at the start of the school year. The Focus on Collective Integrity Academy had survived financial trouble a year ago but its sponsor has [...]

Cleveland School CEO Finds Positive Path in Incremental Growth

The CEO of the largest school district in Ohio says the numbers are improving for his district, even if they aren’t yet good. In his annual State of the Schools address Eric Gordon says Cleveland Municipal School District is on the rebound. Gordon talked about finding direction by following the north star.  His guiding stars [...]

Early Start to School Year May Benefit Testing

School started today for students in Cincinnati and Cleveland public schools. Dayton Public Schools opened last Thursday. Canton schools are back in session later this week and Akron, Toledo and Columbus City Schools will start next week. It seems like an early start, but that may be helpful when testing starts in the spring.

Will Ohio Flunk Failing Charter Schools?

The head of the Office of School Choice in Ohio resigned over the weekend, after he admitted he had left some failing grades out of several charter school evaluations. Critics question whether David Hansen was purposely “scrubbing” the grades to make charter sponsors look good. Meanwhile, the status of state legislation to crack down on bad [...]

Ohio Dept. of Education Halts Evaluations of Charter Sponsors

The Ohio Department of Education today announced it’s retracting its evaluations of charter school sponsors. The move comes after a department official admitted he had failed to include the grades of some very low-performing sponsors. Some of the worst performing charter schools in Ohio are online schools. But their sponsors, or authorizers, have been getting [...]

Ohio Offers Performance-based Bonus Education Money

The $10 billion state budget worked out by the Ohio legislature two weeks ago puts more money into education than Gov. John Kasich’s spending plan. And, for the first time, the education plan includes a funding bonus based on school performance. The governor’s proposal to provide more money for poor districts and less money for [...]

Ohio Ditches PARCC

albertogp123 / flickr After a year filled with concerns from parents, teachers, and lawmakers, Ohio is ditching its current Common Core-aligned standardized testing provider. When Gov. John Kasich signed the state’s two-year budget last night, he cut ties with the national testing consortium known as PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness and Careers. The [...]

Evaluations Rate Most Ohio Teachers as Good

A new statewide report finds the overwhelming number of Ohio teachers are doing a good job. The Ohio Education Research Center, based at Ohio University, was commissioned by the Ohio Department of Education to go through evaluations of 86 thousand teachers. The research center looked at tests scores and other factors from the first full [...]

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