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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 schools declined even as those schools increased hiring. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers says there needs to be more investment in teacher training programs across the country.

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ODE Career Advising Policy Requirements Take Affect, Cleveland Schools Prepared

CMSDLogoStackedColor.ashxIt 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 new, the Cleveland Metropolitan School district has been giving career advice to its high school students for years and to middle school students since last year.

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Ohio Supreme Court Rules Against Charter Schools in Operator Case

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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled against 10 charter schools that sued their operator over school property that was purchased with state funds.

The ruling said that schools are obliged to buy back computers, desks and other equipment that their operator White Hat Management had bought with money it received from the state.

In the majority opinion, Justice Judith Lanzinger noted the schools hadn’t performed well under White Hat’s management, but that the contracts the schools had with White Hat were entered into voluntarily and were enforceable.

In their dissents, Justice Bill O’Neill and Paul Pfeifer blasted both White Hat and the decision.

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Ohio State Joins Alliance To Help More Post-Secondary Students Make It To Graduation


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The U.S. will need 22 million graduates by 2018 to fill all the predicted jobs that will require some kind of post-secondary education, but is only on track to graduate 19 million.

That statistic comes from the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation.  The shortfall, the Lumina study shows, means lost economic potential nationally, and a tougher life financially for individuals who never earn a college degree.

That’s why Ohio State University and ten other public research universities across the country are joining forces to find ways to boost their graduation rates.

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Teachers And Parents Defend Horizon Science Academies As State Probe Expands


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Parents and teachers on Tuesday told the Ohio Board of Education that a recent string of accusations against the Horizon Science Academies is becoming a distraction to student education.

Shahrazad Ali, whose grandson is a freshman at the Horizon Science Academy in Cincinnati,went as far as saying that opponents of charter schools are conducting a “witch hunt.”

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Teach For America Enters Third Year In Ohio

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Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach For America, speaking in 2009

Teach for America has been around for 24 years but was only given entre into Ohio’s classrooms in 2011, at the urging of Governor Kasich.

TFA teachers are chosen for being high college achievers, and are able to bypass the state’s standard licensing process.

This year’s TFA corps grew slightly over last year, and is more diverse.

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2015 Community Learning Centers Grants Focus On Literacy

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Ohio is adding 61 locations to its roster of federally funded centers that help school kids improve their reading skills.

The funding comes from the 21st Century Learning Centers grant reauthorized under the No Child Left Behind education law.

The U.S. Department of education has been doling out funds to states for after school programs since No Child Left Behind took effect in 2002.  This year Ohio received 45 million dollars – up from 43 million last year – that it will divvy up between 186 learning centers already in the program and 61 new ones.

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The Sound of Ideas: The Summer Slide

0605summerSchool kids are counting down the days until the end of the school year.

But many teachers are already dreading the start of the next school year – and all the time they’ll have to spend re-teaching the material students forget over the course of the summer.

How can kids stay engaged during the summer?  We look at some options parents can choose to prevent “the summer slide” on this edition of The Sound of Ideas.

Ohio College Students Face Rising Debts

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College applications deadlines are approaching, and Ohio students are figuring out how to fund that education. Compared with several years ago, financial aid is down, and student debt is up.

The total budget for need-based aid in the state of Ohio peaked in 2008 at $183 million, while the 2013 budget is just $86 million. Budget cuts in 2009 are responsible for a lot of that change. And while federal Pell Grant funding has increased dramatically, that growth has been outpaced by increases in tuition and living costs.

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