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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 [...]

A Look Back on The Common Core in 2014

Bill Rice This fall, Ohio’s school districts officially aligned to the set of math and English standards adopted by the majority of the country. But  a big portion of this year’s Common Core conversation revolved around legislation introduced to ditch the standards. Citing reasons like high-stakes standardized testing and a fear of losing local control [...]

Parent Trigger ‘Pilot Project’ In Columbus Has No Takers

Larry Darling / Flickr Improving low performing public schools is a problem that has troubled educators and parents for decades. This year, Ohio is trying a new tactic – allowing for parents to take over a troubled school. Under a ‘pilot project’ set by Ohio lawmakers, nearly two dozen Columbus City schools are eligible for [...]

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