This spring, students in Ohio and across the state are taking new batches of standardized tests aligned to the Common Core education standards. As the Hechinger Report points out, the tests have cost roughly $360 million, and have brought along lots of controversy during the past four years of development.
New York’s Pace University is dropping the price tag for students enrolling in its law school. The Wall Street Journal reports the school will offer to match the price of a public law school from the applicant’s home state. This option will be available for certain students based on certain GPA and LSAT scores, and as the WSJ points out, tuition rates could be cut in half for some students.
As our partners at WKSU report, a 19-year-old Akron man is suing the University of Akron’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter after alleging fraternity members used racial slurs during a physical fight.
The Common Core education standards are no stranger to public outcry, but as EdWeek reports, states are trying to figure out ways to minimize any negative commotion that may pop up when scores from accompanying standardized tests are released this fall.
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Ohio’s first charter school opened nearly twenty years ago–but Innovation Ohio’s education policy fellow Stephen Dyer said it’s only recently that the attitude around the publicly funded, privately run schools has begun to shift.
“I think people are just starting to recognize, ‘look, charters aren’t going anywhere, let’s make sure we have good ones,’” he said.
NPR’s education team chatted with author Daniel Willingham on the importance of making the distinction between ensuring kids know how to read and actually creating a love of reading.
“The most obvious is to be a model of someone who loves reading,” Willingham told NPR. “One of the things I hit hard in this book is the idea of creating a sense in the child that this is what we value in our family. I think a lot of parents don’t appreciate what a powerful message that can be for kids.”
The Columbus Dispatch reports the “5 of 8″ school staffing rule cleared a legislative review committee yesterday, and now may be voted on at the next Ohio Board of Education meeting later this spring.
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The days of making ashtrays for high school shop class are over.
And the classes now offered go well beyond the old vocational education models.
At the 10th Annual High School Masonry Competition held at Buchtel High School in Akron, 40 kids from around Ohio and a few from Pennsylvania competed in a bricklaying contest for thousands of dollars’ worth of tools and prizes.
With new offerings seemingly popping up every day, the world of education applications is a pretty wide one. But as The New York Times reports, it can be a double edged sword for district administrators who have to keep tabs on how student data may be being used.
The Toledo Blade reports the university’s 17th president will be Sharon Gaber. Gaber, a provost from The University of Arkansas with a background in urban planning, will be the school’s first female leader.