Education News for 07-12-2012

Statewide Education News

  • Ohio links teacher pay to test scores (CNN blog – Schools of thought)
  • At a time when test scores are used to determine everything from district funding to whether schools can stay open, they’re taking on even broader meaning in Ohio.
    Gov. John Kasich has signed legislation that will partially link scores to what teachers are paid.
    In Ohio – and many other states throughout the country – teachers have traditionally been evaluated by observers who’ve determined whether the instructors are satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Read more...

  • Teachers learn ways to keep students’ attention, but are brain claims valid? (Beacon Journal)
  • NORTH CANTON: When Chris Biffle called out the word “Class!” Wednesday morning at Walsh University, 450 teachers and administrators yelled back, “Yes!”
    “Class class?” he said.
    “Yes! Yes!” they replied.
    “Classity classity,” he said.
    “Yessity yessity,” they chanted back.
    Biffle, one of the co-founders of Southern California-based Whole Brain Teaching LLC, is leading a two-day conference at Walsh about his method. He calls the technique “Class-Yes.” Read more...

Local Issues

  • Teachers detail efforts to improve academics (This Week News)
  • The continuous improvement plan for Herbert Mills Elementary School is expected to help improve its academic focus and create a safe and secure learning environment for students.
    Principal Pamela Bertke and teachers Alisa Limbers and Jane Stephenson described the plan to Reynoldsburg Board of Education members at a meeting June 19.
    "Last year we made some overall goals to improve our academic focus and increase parent engagement at Herbert Mills," Bertke said. Read more...

  • Akron Public Schools cut 84 teachers (West Side Leader)
  • DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Public Schools (APS) will open with 84 fewer teachers this fall.
    That’s about two-and-a-half to three teachers per school building, said Board of Education President Jason Haas.
    The school board voted to make the staff reductions at its July 9 meeting in an effort to reduce its deficit. School districts are required by law to balance their budgets.
    The 84 cuts were necessary even after the usual end-of-year retirements, Haas said. “These 84 are not retirements — we just can’t afford them,” he said. Read more...