Eye on Education

Gov. John Kasich’s Stance on Charter Schools



Right from his very first term, Kasich made his views on school choice–including charter schools–very clear.

“More choice, more accountability, more dollars in the classroom instead of bureaucracy will improve our schools, and we are going to have a significant reform agenda,”  he said in his State of the State address in 2011.

Since then, the number of publicly funded, privately run schools has grown from around 325 schools to more than 370 today.

Those schools received strong financial support under Kasich’s latest budget proposal.


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Head Start Turns 50

Head Start, the federal program aimed at offering educational and social opportunities to low-income children, was established 50 years ago. PBS Newshour takes a look back at the group’s progress over the past five decades.

GWEN IFILL: Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson announced the creation of Head Start, the government program designed to support low-income children and families. In our latest American Graduate report, the NewsHour’s April Brown has the story of how it’s changed the lives of millions of children.

Read more at: www.pbs.org

Cleveland Metropolitan School District Prepares for Verdict of High-Profile Case

As the city awaits the verdict of the Michael Brelo trial, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Cleveland Metropolitan School District told parents that while “contingency plans are in place,” students won’t face any consequences if parents feel like it’s safer for students to stay home after the decision is released.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland schools will stay open when the verdict in the Michael Brelo trial is announced, but parents can keep their kids home if they feel that is safer, the district told parents in a recorded phone call Friday night.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Concussion Fears Push Some Collegiate Athletes into Early Retirement

While the exact number of college students choosing to leave athletics behind is hard to accurately calculate, Inside Higher Ed reports medical officials say more athletes are deciding to leave their sports in fear of the possible long-term effects of concussions.

During Anna Cassell’s career playing women’s soccer at Northwestern University, she suffered three concussions in 15 months. At first, her third concussion didn’t seem as severe as the earlier injuries, she said. But the symptoms lasted much longer. She spent eight months redshirting, trying to recover.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

The Decline of The In-State Tuition Break

Many states offer a lower price tag for college students enrolling at a public university in their home state–but as the New York Times reports, that break could be slowly fading away.

A few weeks ago, I took my daughter to see the latest Disney movie. Because it was early in the afternoon, and my daughter is 5, I expected to get a significant discount on the price of our tickets. The electronic ticket kiosk had other intentions. “1 Adult: $11.00″ and “1 Child: $10.00.”

Read more at: www.nytimes.com

Chardon High School Asks State for More Funding to Support Mental Health Services

After the deadly 2012 shooting at Chardon High School, the state legislature provided $750,000 over the past two years to the district for mental health services. Pointing to evidence including declining graduation rates and increased cases of students harming themselves, district superintendent Michael Hanlon is asking the state to continue that funding to sustain those services, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Chardon community has not recovered from the 2012 school shootings that killed three students and injured others, says Superintendent Michael Hanlon. Teachers at Chardon High School still have trouble when something triggers a memory of that day, he said.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

University of Akron Repositions Itself as Ohio’s Polytechnic University

University of Akron President Scott Scarborough at the Cleveland City Club


University of Akron President Scott Scarborough at the Cleveland City Club

The University of Akron is not changing its name BUT it is adding a brand tag-line.

From now on the school will position itself as “Ohio’s Polytechnic University.”

Akron President Scott Scarborough believes mid-level state universities in Ohio are in trouble as state funding per pupil dwindles away.

He told the Cleveland City Club that his school needs to distinguish itself by focusing on what it does well.

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The Hunt for Miami University’s Next President Will Begin This Summer

After spending the past decade leading Miami, David Hodge plans to leave the school’s top spot next summer. The Dayton Daily News reports the university will begin a nationwide search in June, and the process could take up to a year.

By Amanda Seitz Staff Writer OXFORD – Leaders at Miami University expect a nationwide search to find the college’s new president to take up to a year and require an outside consulting firm. Miami President David Hodge this month announced he will step down in June of next year, leaving university officials more than a year to find a replacement.

Read more at: www.daytondailynews.com

Campus Groups Work to Make Students’ Lives A Little Less Stressful

Over the past 14 months, six Massachusetts Institute of Technology students have committed suicide, prompting some campus groups to launch efforts to make students less stressed, WBUR reports.

On a sunny spring day at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., students line up at a table grabbing ice cream sundaes, milk and cookies, and, if they’re interested, a hug from MIT parents including Sonal Patel. “Yes!” Patel says, “giving away ice cream and now hugs.”

Read more at: www.npr.org

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