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.
15 have already been suspended.
It started as an internal review by the college last year but it’s also part of a new mandate by legislators in Columbus.
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 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.
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.
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.
Despite failing a 2013 levy that would have shared property-tax dollars with charter schools, Jim Siegel from the Columbus Dispatch reported that Columbus is still losing $1,312 per student of state funding to charter school funding. That’s the highest loss per student in the state, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
A few months ago the Plain Dealer reported that the Ohio Department of Education did not include F grades for online schools in a charter school evaluation. According to Patrick O’Donnell of the Plain Dealer, State Superintendent Richard Ross never sent documented information about the evaluation.
The Ohio Board of Building Standards is urging school districts to hold off on purchasing classroom barricades meant to keep out an active gunman.
The board is in the process of changing its guidelines for blocking doors, but until new rules are written, it wants schools to keep observing current safety rules.
Amy Hansen / StateImpact Ohio
Youngstown students went back to school this week amid tension between local and state education leaders.
The district is in danger of being taken over by the state unless a lawsuit filed last week is able to stop the planned overhaul of the school system.
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 now pulled the plug.