Education News for 5-29-2013

State Education News

  • Columbus school-levy bill advances in legislature (Columbus Dispatch)
  • After hearing testimony from two Columbus school-board members and others, the Ohio House Education Committee voted 16-3 yesterday to send a bill to the full House that would require a school district property-tax issue…Read more...

  • Gender split proves positive in Hamilton schools (Hamilton Journal-News)
  • The lunch period at any school can sometimes be a chaotic scene of boys and girls vying for each other’s attention…Read more...

  • Lorain Superintendent Tucker outlines comprehensive academic recovery plan (Lorain Morning Journal)
  • On the same day Superintendent Tom Tucker outlined his comprehensive academic recovery plan for Lorain City Schools, its treasurer presented a gloomy financial forecast…Read more...

  • Greenon follows trend on all-day kindergarten (Springfield News-Sun)
  • Kindergartners entering Greenon schools next year will get more time to learn as the district moves to all-day classes, following a state and national trend…Read more...

  • School Nurses Want Law To Help Them Save Students From Deadly Allergic Reactions (WBNS)
  • As the school year comes to an end, state lawmakers will be getting a bill backed by school nurses within the next few weeks. Nurses want to save the lives of students who have allergic reactions to food for the first time while at school…Read more...

Local Education News

  • Columbus board mum on hiring provost (Columbus Dispatch)
  • The Columbus Board of Education met privately at noon yesterday to discuss hiring Ohio State University Vice President and Provost Joseph Alutto to become acting superintendent…Read more...

  • Hancock School board to rescind some layoffs (Steubenville Herald-Star)
  • Three months after announcing teacher and other staff layoffs, the Hancock County Board of Education is poised to call some of those people back…Read more...

  • Struthers considers drug tests for athletes (Youngstown Vindicator)
  • The Struthers City School District may begin drug testing its student athletes in grades seven through 12 as soon as the 2013-14 academic year…Read more...

Some Choice

ODE has just released their partial school report card. It doesn't contain any final grades, but it does tell us whether schools made adequate yearly progress, and the news isn't pretty for Ohio's charter school movement.

Of the 352 charter schools listed, 58.2% of them failed to meet their adequate yearly progress (AYP) metrics.

If a student attends a school in any of Allen, Warren, Erie, Hancock, Lake, Madison, or Tuscarawas counties, not a single charter school made adequate yearly progress. Indeed, out of the 36 counties that have charter schools, 24 counties had schools that combined for more than half their charters failing to meet their adequate yearly progress.

County Not Met AYP Met AYP
Allen 100.0% 0.0%
Warren 100.0% 0.0%
Erie 100.0% 0.0%
Hancock 100.0% 0.0%
Lake 100.0% 0.0%
Madison 100.0% 0.0%
Tuscarawas 100.0% 0.0%
Stark 83.3% 16.7%
Trumbull 75.0% 25.0%
Summit 73.3% 26.7%
Montgomery 72.4% 27.6%
Mahoning 71.4% 28.6%
Hamilton 67.9% 32.1%
Richland 66.7% 33.3%
Clark 66.7% 33.3%
Fairfield 66.7% 33.3%
Morrow 66.7% 33.3%
Franklin 65.3% 34.7%
Butler 60.0% 40.0%
Lucas 58.8% 41.2%
Lorain 54.5% 45.5%
Marion 50.0% 50.0%
Columbiana 50.0% 50.0%
Greene 50.0% 50.0%
Cuyahoga 42.0% 58.0%
Portage 40.0% 60.0%
Licking 25.0% 75.0%
Muskingum 25.0% 75.0%
Seneca 25.0% 75.0%
Champaign 0.0% 100.0%
Wayne 0.0% 100.0%
Scioto 0.0% 100.0%
Coshocton 0.0% 100.0%
Hardin 0.0% 100.0%
Jackson 0.0% 100.0%
Van Wert 0.0% 100.0%
Grand Total 58.2% 41.8%

There's a lot of students in a lot of schools, in a lot of counties not being served by the "choices" they are being presented with.

Education News for 05-17-2012

Local Issues

  • Feds open bid process for Head Start program (Toledo Blade)
  • The federal government is officially soliciting bids for an agency to run Head Start in Lucas County. Head Start, a program for 3 to 5-year-olds from low-income families, is run by the Economic Opportunity Planning Association of Greater Toledo, but the agency was notified in December that it must compete against other agencies if it wants to continue receiving nearly $13 million to run the program. Read More…

  • Hamilton only public school district nationally to receive award (Hamilton Journal News)
  • The emphasis of character education within the Hamilton City School District has been rewarded. The Hamilton City School District has been recognized as a National School District of Character Award recipient by the Character Education Partnership in Washington, D.C. Read More…

  • Research shows ‘no excuses’ model for schools effective at boosting test scores (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • Former Akron City Councilman Ernie Tarle hopes to create a charter school in Akron that emulates the practices of the country’s highest performing urban charter schools. The schools are commonly referred to as following a “no excuses” approach that emphasizes a college preparatory curriculum, longer school days and years, strict discipline and conduct, intense tutoring, use of data to improve test scores and a staff of youthful, inexperienced teachers who sign on to the schools’ philosophy and typically do not belong to a union. Read More…

  • Zane Trace fails to act on school hours change (Chillicothe Gazette)
  • Proposed changes to Zane Trace's school hours, which would have allowed the district to double up on bus routes and eliminate as many as nine bus drivers, fell flat Wednesday. Board member Ralph Letsche made a motion to approve the changes, but no one seconded it, so it failed to reach a vote. Read More…

  • Expert, community leaders work to form literacy plan (Findlay Courier)
  • A literacy expert and community leaders encouraged thoughtfulness and collaboration in creating and implementing a Hancock County Literacy Plan, at a Hancock County Literacy Summit held Wednesday.
    Hosted by the Literacy Coalition of Hancock County, the "Celebrate Literacy Luncheon" portion of the daylong event drew about 55 people to Owens Community College's Community Education and Wellness Center. Read More…