Eye on Education

No Janitors? No Problem, Says One Oregon School

At Oregon’s Armadillo Technical Institute, there are no janitors on staff. Instead, the school’s cleaning duties–tasks like cleaning toilets and taking out the garbage–fall to the students.

“We really wanted a school where the students took ownership and made it their own,” the school’s executive director Kim De Costa told NPR’s education team.

Back in 2011, Newt Gingrich was running for president, and he proposed a radical idea to help schools cut costs: Fire the janitors and pay students to do the cleaning. Needless to say, the idea to turn students into moonlighting janitors had about as much support as Gingrich’s presidential campaign.

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More International Students Are Enrolling at Ohio’s Colleges

In 2012-13, Ohio’s higher education institutions welcomed more than 28,000 international students. Last year, that number increased to more than 32,000 students. The 14 percent growth was the biggest rate of change in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report.

The U.S. received the highest number of international students in its history in 2013-2014, welcoming 886,052 undergraduate and graduate international students into its colleges and universities. Just as the students were diverse, so were their destinations.

Read more at: www.usnews.com

Wright State in The Running to Host 2016 Presidential Debate

Wright State University is one of 16 national locations in the running to host one of the 2016 presidential or vice presidential debates, the Dayton Business Journal reports. If the university is selected, the event could bring along some major attention to the school.

Wright State University may be front and center for the 2016 presidential elections. The university is one of 16 possible sites to host one of the presidential or vice presidential debates, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates. Landing such a prestigious designation would be bring international attention to the school, as well as the Dayton region.

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PARCC Exams Are “No Picnic”

As the next round of PARCC testing ramps up next week, the Columbus Dispatch took a look at how the standardized tests have been received so far this year.

As Ohio schools transition to new, tougher state tests, this is bound to be a trying year, experts say. Scheduling struggles, glitches on the online tests and other issues are going to come up in the first year, said Chad Aldeman, associate partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit research and advisory group based in Washington.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Stanford Drops Tuition Requirements for Families Making Under $125,000

Have a family income of less than $125,000? If so, your student’s tuition–and possibly their room and board–could be waived at Stanford University. PBS Newshour reports the practice has been standard for some Ivy League schools for years. At Stanford, the previous income threshold was $120,000.

Stanford University announced today that recently-accepted students whose parents have less than $125,000 in income or assets won’t have to pay anything toward tuition. And for those making below $65,000, room and board will also be free. Previously, the threshold was $120,000 for waived tuition and $60,000 for waived room and board.

Read more at: www.pbs.org

New Report Points Out Gifted Students May Not Be Receiving Enough Support

A new report out in the Washington Post points to a new study from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation that says schools may not be offering adequate resources for gifted students. In a roundup of report cards given based on current statewide policies , Ohio earned a B-. No state earned an A.

States aren’t doing enough to support gifted students, especially those from low-income families – that’s the message that the Virginia-based Jack Kent Cooke Foundation sent Tuesday with the release of report cards on state policies for academically talented children. No state received an A. There were plenty of D’s and a few F’s.

Read more at: www.washingtonpost.com

Author Wes Moore Says Mentors and Education Were Key to His Turnaround

Wes Moore

Wes Moore

A man who famously overcame early school difficulties to become a Rhodes Scholar has praise for Cleveland’s public schools.

Wes Moore is the author of best-selling book, “The Other Wes Moore,” which compares his life with that of another Wes Moore who grew up in the same neighborhood but became a convicted felon.

At an ideastream event Tuesday related to the public broadcasting effort to lower school drop-out rates called American Graduate, Moore praised Cleveland for its 12 percent increase in graduation rates the last three years.

Moore and his family had a difficult time after his father died young.

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For-Profit College Students Refusing to Pay Student Loans

After refusing to make payments towards their federal student loans, 100 former Corinthian College students met with representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and other federal offices, Inside Higher Ed reports. The borrowers are making a case that they shouldn’t have to repay their loans due to the troubled legal status of the for-profit school.

WASHINGTON — A big red box of paperwork that activists delivered to federal officials here on Tuesday may hold the key to debt relief for large numbers of students who attended Corinthian Colleges. The group of former Corinthian students refusing to repay their federal loans, which has now grown to 100 people, met Tuesday with top officials from the U.S.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

Ohio State President Pledges to Make Campus’ Tuition Costs More Affordable

As our partners at WOSU report, affordability was one key topic addressed by Ohio State president Dr. Michael Drake at his investiture on Tuesday. Drake says he plans to slash some administrative costs and move at least some of that savings towards student aid.

Nine months after beginning his leadership duties at Ohio State University, Dr. Michael V. Drake was formally installed as president in ceremonies Tuesday. In an address, Drake laid out his vision and priorities for OSU. In his investiture speech, President Drake laid out a number of priorities.

Read more at: wosu.org

Teacher Turnover Can Mean Big Costs for Districts

Within the first five years of entering the teaching profession, roughly half of new teachers will leave their original district or the profession all together. NPR’s education team spoke with a researcher to learn what schools could potentially do to curb high turnover rates.

Every year, thousands of fresh-faced teachers are handed the keys to a new classroom, given a pat on the back and told “Good luck!” Over the next five years though, nearly half of those teachers will transfer to a new school or leave the profession all together – only to be replaced with similarly fresh-faced teachers.

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