Education News for 04-24-2012

Statewide Education News

  • Education: Big changes ahead (Findlay Courier)
  • Ohio schools are about to see a huge overhaul of the education system come 2014.
    "In the education world, the landscape dramatically changes" in 2014-2015, James Herrholtz, the Ohio Department of Education's associate superintendent for the division of learning, said Monday.
    Among those changes, Herrholtz said, are a new testing environment for students, implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and a new, rigorous report card for schools. Read Moreā€¦

  • State OKs aid for three troubled school districts (Dispatch)
  • The state approved more than $4.1 million in advance payments yesterday to three fiscally troubled Ohio school districts in order to keep them in the black through the rest of this fiscal year. The state Controlling Board, a bipartisan spending oversight committee, approved $1.8 million for Bellaire City Schools in Belmont County; $678,000 for Cloverleaf Local in Medina County; and $1.7 million for Ledgemont Local in Geauga County. All three are in fiscal emergency, and without the money would not be able to make payroll. Read Moreā€¦

  • Two Ohio schools receive big honor from U.S. Department of Education (FOX19, Cincinnati)
  • Two Ohio schools received a big honor on Monday. Loveland High School and North Adams Elementary School are among 78 schools across the country to receive the first ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award. Read Moreā€¦

  • Fiscal officers, treasurers targeted in proposed bill (Vindicator)
  • Although the Liberty School Dis- trict and the city of Campbell are not mentioned by name, Ohio Auditor Dave Yost undoubtedly had them in mind when he proposed legislation to boost accountability and penalize wrongdoing by public sector fiscal officers and treasurers. Read Moreā€¦

  • Why this Week is Really Important for Ohio Schools (State Impact Ohio)
  • Elementary and middle school students across Ohio start taking the Ohio Achievement Tests this week, the month after high schoolers took the Ohio Graduation Tests. Itā€™s not called high-stakes testing for nothing. The consequences of how students perform in the coming weeks are real, for adults as much as students. Read Moreā€¦

Local Issues

  • Cleveland schools legislation to move forward at the Ohio Statehouse (Plain Dealer)
  • A pair of Cleveland lawmakers on Tuesday will reintroduce a bill at the Statehouse that could sharply change how public education is delivered in the city and become a model for the rest of the state. The bills, one in the Ohio House the other in the Senate, will begin with bipartisan sponsorship in the legislature, and also have the support of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and the Cleveland Teachers Union. Read Moreā€¦

  • Plan is for laptops to prop up Newark graduation rates (Dispatch)
  • It began as a conversation about how to increase high-school graduation rates. It ended with iPads. Thatā€™s what administrators hope, anyway, as they present a contract for 400 MacBook Air laptops and 100 iPads to the Newark City Schools board for approval tonight. Read Moreā€¦

  • Student Athletes Ask For Drug Testing (WBNS - 10TV)
  • Student athletes at Licking Heights High School said Monday that they thought mandatory drug testing would keep students in line. A group of students at the Pataskala school asked administrators to start mandatory random testing for 10 illegal drugs, 10TVā€™s Kevin Landers reported. Under the proposal, every student athlete, in season or out, would be required to undergo the mandatory testing. Read Moreā€¦

  • Kids being kind (Marietta Times)
  • Kindergarteners at Little Hocking Elementary met their teacher's challenge to perform 100 acts of kindness in just under a month, but the end of the project didn't mean the end of the giving. For each act of kindness performed outside of school between Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Valentine's Day, students in Mary Hess' class brought back a 3-by-5-inch business card with a coin attached. The coins add a mathematical component to the annual program Hess has her students do in conjunction with the celebration of King's birthday and his dream of people living together in peace. When the project is over, the children decide what to do with the collected money. Read Moreā€¦