Eye on Education

Mixing College And Career Tech Education

The reinvention of career tech education is gaining lots of attention here in Ohio and nationwide. As NPR’s Education Team reports, the Nashville Public School District suggests all students take a minimum of three CTE classes before graduating.

Schools don’t like to use the V-word anymore – “vocational,” as in “vocational education.” Administrators say the word is outdated, along with the idea of offering job-training courses onlyto students who are going straight into the workforce. Nashville, Tenn. is trying a new approach.

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The Impact of Families on Students’ Education

As often speculated, a student’s family situation can have a big impact on the child’s education. A new report says today’s teenagers who live with just one parent can have a bigger disadvantage than those in the same situation four decades ago, Inside Higher Ed reports.

Spending your teenage years in a single-parent family puts you at a larger educational disadvantage today than it did 40 years ago, claims a new study. In 2009, young adults who spent time living in single-parent families had completed 1.32 fewer years of schooling than their peers from two-parent families, according to a paper published last week in the academic journal Education Next.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

Gov. John Kasich Mentions Charters, School Funding in State of The State Speech



One of the larger themes of Governor Kasich’s State of the State address last night revolved around education.

Touching on the familiar topics of school funding, charter schools, and the state university system, Kasich mentioned budget cuts for some wealthier K-12 districts, along with wanting state universities to also go on a diet.

During the speech in Wilmington, he spoke directly to state legislators, asking Senate President Keith Faber to join his task force of college presidents charged with finding ways to cut spending.

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Community College Expansion Plan May Have Some Holes, Critics Say

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama announced a plan that would make community college free. But as the Hechinger Report points out, critics have zeroed in on a few of their biggest problems with the idea, including that the plan would potentially just help students and families who earn too much to receive for low-income Pell grants, along with questioning if the program will really create graduates prepared enough for the workforce.

As President Barack Obama touts his idea for free community college in appearances around the country, Felipe Bezerra is dubious. “Tuition shouldn’t be free” for those who can afford to pay, said Bezerra, a student at Rio Hondo College, a community college near Los Angeles.

Read more at: hechingerreport.org

Weather’s Not Forcing Districts To Tack Additional Days onto School Calendar Quite Yet

In an almost deja vu repeat of last year’s surplus of snow days, frigid temperatures across the state have forced many schools to cancel classes this winter. But as the Cleveland Plain Dealer points out, thanks to a change in state rules regarding calamity days, many districts haven’t had to extend their school years quite yet.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Northeast Ohio schools are piling up “snow days” even faster than the fluffy stuff is mounting in our driveways. Today is the fourth day of weather cancellations in a row for districts like Cleveland and Parma, who closed schools because of continuing negative wind chills.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

The Potential Education Mentions at Tonight’s State of The State Address


Mark Urycki / StateImpact Ohio

Tonight is Gov. John Kasich’s annual “State of the State” speech.

If last year’s event is any indication, his education agenda may make a significant appearance when he takes the stage in Wilmington, about an hour south of Columbus.

In 2014, Kasich spent nearly 20 minutes talking about plans for Ohio’s schools, focusing on ways to potentially prevent students from dropping out, along with reestablishing the state’s vocational education programming and creating a community mentoring initiative that recently came under scrutiny

As far as this evening’s speech goes, some potential talking points may come via the administration’s recently released $72 billion budget plans for 2016-17. Around 30 percent of that pool is earmarked for education.

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Testing Season Starts Early for Teachers in Ohio And Nationwide

Thanks to a handful of snow days, Ohio’s PARCC testing isn’t exactly off to a full start quite yet. But as EdWeek points out, this batch of tests are rolling out pretty early in the school year, leaving teachers here in the Buckeye State and across the country feeling stressed.

According to the calendar, it’s only two-thirds of the way through winter. But the spring testing season has begun. Tests in many states are being given earlier than they were last year, and that’s putting pressure on teachers to cover as much content as they can before testing begins.

Read more at: www.edweek.org

PARCC Testing Window Extended

After a string of weather-related cancellations have hit schools across the state, WKYC reports the Ohio Department of Education has extended the PARCC testing window. Districts will now be able to schedule up to five extra days in order to squeeze in all of the necessary testing requirements.

PARCC is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Education has agreed to give school districts more time — up to 5 days — to complete the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing because of bad weather.

Read more at: www.wkyc.com

Some Parents Boycott PARCC State Testing


The Ohio Channel

Ohio students are taking the first round of standardized testing using the new assessment known as the PARCC, an acronym for the testing consortium that developed the tests.

But some parents are leading a movement to boycott these tests, which are aligned with the Common Core math and English standards.

Sarah Lewis, a mother of four from Celina, parents around Ohio have the right to do what she did and opt their children out of taking the exams.

She said the PARCC forces teachers to spend all year “teaching to the test” and puts too much pressure on students.

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