Eye on Education

Why Boomer parents ruined everything

Just the title of this op-ed by Cleveland writer and advertising exec Jim Sollisch is enough to make any childless boomer smile. Sollisch makes a case for laying off and letting kids be kids, like parents used to do. And he cites an interesting study to make his point. In it, researchers concluded kids with involved parents do no better in school than kids with uninvolved parents. An amusing and provocative read…

Before we Boomers took the reins of parenting 30 years ago, parenting was still something you could do largely in the privacy of your home while maintaining a life filled with separate interests. We pretty much screwed that up, turning ourselves into 24/7 hover craft, inserting ourselves into every aspect of our children’s lives, making sure they experience as little as possible on their own.

Read more at: www.washingtonpost.com

New Funding Model Starts for Community Colleges

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Starting today, the way community colleges in Ohio earn the money they get from the state has changed.

While the shake-up might sound challenging, school leaders are on board.

The new formula ties state funding to student achievement.

Funding used to be based on enrollment, but it’s now based on milestones such as when a student completes a course or earns a degree.

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Defining Online Education’s Level of Quality

Last year, around seven million students took an online course. But as NPR’s education team reports, hammering out both a quality definition of success in the online education world can be tough.

Jeff Hellmer is an accomplished jazz pianist who has taught music at the University of Texas at Austin for 27 years. He thinks of himself as more than a teacher, though: “What I would like to do with my teaching is be an ambassador for jazz.”

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Ohio’s Wilberforce University Faces The Possibility of Losing Accreditation

Founded in 1856,  the history of Southwestern Ohio’s Wilberforce University is extensive.

Wilberforce is the oldest private historically black college in the nation.

It had the first African American college president, faced a damaging fire the same night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, and housed the first black center for military training, according to the school’s timeline.

But as the university faces the possibility of losing its accreditation, the campus’ future may be in danger.

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Ohio’s Public Colleges Have Some of The Nation’s Highest Attendance Costs

College in Ohio can be pretty pricey. The U.S. Department of Education’s recently released rankings show the state’s public colleges are some of the most expensive nationwide, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. With a more than $24,000 annual price tag after financial aid, Oxford’s Miami University has the highest net price in the country. Overall, Ohio State takes the ninth spot, University of Cincinnati ranks 16th, and Kent State clocks in the 19th most expensive net price.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio’s public colleges are among the most costly to attend in the country, according to rankings released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education. The annual cost for an in-state resident to attend Miami University, after receiving scholarships and financial aid, is $24,674, the highest in the country for four-year public institutions.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Former Columbus Superintendent Scrutized For Possible Involvement in Data-Rigging

The Columbus data rigging investigation continues to expand as the Ohio Department od Education subpoenas records pertaining to former school superintendent Gene Harris. The Columbus Dispatch reports the Ohio Department of Education subpoenaed records on Harris and 60 other current and former Columbus schools educators Monday. It’s the first time the Department has sought information that could shed light as to whether Harris was involved in data-rigging in the district. Other Columbus City Schools employees are accused of falsifying students’ records to improve their schools’ standing on state report cards.

The Ohio Department of Education subpoenaed records today concerning former Columbus school Superintendent Gene Harris, appearing to probe her role in the district data-rigging scandal.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

NEA Conference In Denver To Include Common Core Discussion

The head of Ohio’s largest teacher’s union is in Denver attending the National Education Association’s annual delegates meeting, and issues around the Common Core will be high on the agenda.

Three states, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Indiana, have eliminated the standards, and in a fourth – Louisiana -  the governor and state board of education are at odds over whether to keep them.

Ohio’s legislature this spring reaffirmed its commitment to the Common Core.

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How the School Tax Burden Has Shifted Since 1991

Ohio Property Tax Burden Distribution, 2011

Ohio Property Tax Burden Distribution, 2011

The percentage of property tax revenues that support local schools in Ohio has shifted dramatically from the business community to homeowners and farmers over the last two decades, according to a study by the Education Tax Policy Institute in Columbus.

The study chronicles the change in Ohio’s tax rate structure from 1975 to 2011, including the phase out beginning in 2007 of the tax on the tangible personal property (TPP) of business and commercial property.  The TPP still applies to utilities, primarily electric, gas and telephone companies, at a reduced rate, but was otherwise completely phased out by 2010.

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Wilberforce University Could Loose Accreditation

Last week, the country’s oldest historically black private university received a letter from the Higher Learning Commission, saying Ohio’s Wilberforce University could loose their accreditation unless university officials are able to show some type of proof of why they shouldn’t loose their certification. According to Dayton’s WHIO, the commission’s letter mentions several administrative and school board issues.

If Wilberforce does loose their accreditation, the university could face not being able to enroll international students, along with current students being ineligible to receive financial aid packages. The university enrolled fewer than 100 students in last fall’s class, WHIO says.

The nation’s oldest historically black private university is at risk of losing its accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, according to documents from the commission. Wilberforce University received a “Show-Cause” order from the commission by certified mail on Monday.

Read more at: www.whio.com

No Guarantee for Teachers of “Safe Harbor” from Common Core

House Bill 487, signed into law back in mid-June, delays for one year any sanctions against school districts that would otherwise result if test scores drop significantly next year, the first official year of Common Core-aligned testing in the state. Teachers, who were originally included in the “safe harbor” guarantee, were written out of it in the final house-senate compromise. Districts have the option of giving teachers the one-year reprieve, but not all are expected to. Read more from the Plain Dealer.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The supposed “safe harbor” that Ohio teachers have as the state shifts to new Common Core tests isn’t so safe, after all. It’s all up to individual districts.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

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