On Tuesday, Education stakeholders around the Miami Valley gathered to talk about how to better prepare youngsters for their first year at school, and as to find ways to help build skills children need to be successful later in life.
Yesterday’s Kindergarten Readiness Summit really grew out of the Common Core State Standards initiative - a state-led effort that establishes educational standards for K through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics. It’s a voluntary program but 45 states have signed on to it so far.
Some Ohio schools have decided that federal Race to the Top education grants aren't worth it.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that some 80 school districts and charter schools across the state have backed out of the grant program after winning money. Some withdrew quickly after deciding requirements were too costly, while others who have been receiving money are starting to pull out.
Schools say new teacher evaluations tied to the grant money add to the costs.