Education News for 12-28-2011

Statewide Education News

  • Charter schools get win in White Hat suit – Columbus Dispatch
  • The 19-month fight over whether Ohio’s largest for-profit manager of charter schools must share detailed financial records could be coming to a close.

    Franklin County Common Pleas Judge John F. Bender has decided he can rule on the case, and he reiterated an order he made in August that White Hat Management release records showing how the charter-school operator spends the millions of tax dollars it gets each year. Read More…

  • Six Ohio Education Stories to Watch in 2012 – State Impact Ohio
  • Here’s our take on the six education stories to watch in 2012:

    1. School funding.
    2. College-readiness.
    3. The feds.
    4. “School choice.”
    5. Charter school accountability.
    6. Teachers rising.
    Read More…

Local Issues

  • Energy conservation at schools benefitting taxpayers – Oxford Press
  • Efficient new buildings save Hamilton thousands of dollars. While utility bills for homes have been increasing, many area school districts have seen their bills drop thanks to a variety of energy conservation programs.

    And thanks to those bills dropping, the districts can put money back into their general fund, creating less drain on taxpayer dollars. And in at least one case, that has enabled a district to delay putting a levy on the ballot. Read More…

  • Yardsticks for local students are analyzed – Marietta Times
  • By one measure, Washington County's school districts are ranked in the middle to bottom third in the state.

    But another ranking assembled by a nonprofit education organization dramatically changes some of those positions. Read More…

Editorial & Opinion

  • School reform takes time – Youngstown Vindicator
  • Steubenville Herald-Star: Allocating funds among hundreds of school districts to ensure all provide the “thorough and efficient” education required by the state constitution is easier said than done, as Ohio Gov. John Kasich is learning.

    Soon after taking office less than a year ago, Kasich pledged to overhaul the state formula for funding public schools. By January a plan would be in place, the governor thought.

    He was wrong. His advisers say the January deadline was a self-imposed one that won’t be met. Better to get it right than to get it on time, they add.

    They are right, of course. Public education reform is among the chief concerns of many Buckeye State residents. Read More…