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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 [...]

ODE Career Advising Policy Requirements Take Affect, Cleveland Schools Prepared


It is the Ohio Department of Education’s goal to have middle school and high school students more focused on careers through their education. The ODE is now requiring all Ohio School Districts to have a career advising policy for students. That requirement began at the start of the current school year. While this policy is [...]

Teachers’ Expectations for Students Colored by Race

Race matters, according to a new study measuring high school teachers’ expectations for black students. The survey involving 16 thousand high school teachers around the country finds black teachers are more optimistic about black students than white teachers are. Researchers at American University and Johns Hopkins would pick a 10th grader and then ask two of [...]

Ohio’s U.S. Senators Amend Every Child Achieves Act

Ohio’s two U.S. senators were successful in holding off an amendment to the education bill passed Thursday that might have cost Ohio schools $70 million aimed at programs for low-income students. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman worked to change it so that new formula for dispersing Title I money requires extra funding, making it [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Teachers at Columbus School Vote to Join Union

Teachers at a Columbus charter high school have narrowly voted to form a union. But the election outcome is contested. Teachers at a Columbus Charter High School, Franklinton Preparatory Academy, narrowly voted to 5 to 4 to join the state’s largest teachers union, the Ohio Education Association. If the vote withstands a challenge, Franklinton Prep [...]

Gov. Kasich Urges Parents to Keep Kids in Tests


MARK URYCKI/STATEIMPACT A few parents around Ohio are reportedly holding their children back from taking standardized tests. The tests are looking at proficiency based on the Common Core math, reading and writing standards. That response is itself testing both state lawmakers – and the governor. Gov. John Kasich says he supports bills that would reduce the number [...]

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