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Charter Controversy Could Renew Efforts To Close Failing Schools

Jul 21, 2015
Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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The head of the Office of School Choice in Ohio resigned over the weekend, after he admitted he had left some failing grades out of several charter school evaluations. Critics question whether David Hansen was purposely “scrubbing” the grades to make charter sponsors look good.

Education Official Resigns Amid Charter School Controversy

Jul 20, 2015
The Ohio Departmente. of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state
Ohio Department of Education

(AP) — An Ohio education official has resigned after acknowledging he excluded failing grades for charter schools in evaluations of the schools' overseers.

David Hansen, the School Choice director for the Education Department, confirmed last week he left F grades for online and dropout recovery schools off evaluations of charter school sponsors. He said he felt the marks would "mask" successes elsewhere.

The omission boosted the ratings of two sponsors, which could make them eligible for more state perks.

Officials Say State DOE Threw F Grades Out Of Evaluation

Jul 15, 2015
The Ohio Departmente. of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state
Ohio Department of Education

State school board members have accused the Ohio Department of Education of breaking the law by throwing failing grades for online schools out of a charter school evaluation.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports that officials confirmed Tuesday that School Choice Director David Hansen left failing grades for those schools out of the evaluations of charter school oversight agencies. The omission boosted the rating of two oversight agencies.

State Releases Recommendations For Dayton Schools

May 13, 2015
Kindergarten teacher Elizabeth Toomey is using cubes to help her students during a math lesson in Spanish.
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Following a visit earlier this year, The Ohio Department of Education has released its recommendations for improving Dayton Public Schools.

To the state, DPS is considered “at risk.” A district review team was in Dayton in January to talk to teachers, administrators, parents and students to pinpoint areas in need of change. The big themes from the report are “consistency” and “training.” Team members found staff professional development was lacking, programs and missions changed too often and opportunities for students were not equal throughout the district.

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Fifteen school districts in Ohio would be allowed to develop and administer their own standardized tests under a federal waiver being prepared by state education officials.

The request being drafted this week by the Ohio Department of Education would launch an Innovative Learning Pilot aimed at addressing growing concern among parents, teachers and policymakers about state-administered assessments rolled out last month. Some parents concerned with the Common Core curriculum and testing fairness joined a national opt-out movement.

Trotwood-Madison School District In Review By State

Mar 4, 2015
Trotwood-Madison School District Superintendent Kevin A. Bell says he looks forward to hearing recommendations from the state department of education district review team.
Trotwood-Madison School District

The state department of education is investigating the Trotwood-Madison City School District’s academic performance. A review team was in town last week because the district is considered “at risk.”

Trotwood-Madison superintendent Kevin A. Bell is glad to have an outsider’s view of his district.

The West Dayton Youth Task Force is pushing for major improvements for the public schools located in West Dayton.
West Dayton Youth Task Force

Schools in West Dayton are among the lowest-performing in the Dayton Public School District. And DPS as a whole is ranked toward the bottom of the list for Ohio.
 

A grassroots group called The West Dayton Youth Task Force wants improvements now.

The Ohio Departmente. of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state
Ohio Department of Education

An Ohio Department of Education district review team is in Dayton this week because its schools are considered “at risk.”
 

The visit to Dayton Public Schools is part of a new early intervention effort from the state.

The week-long visit is the first step for troubled districts to address their problems with help from the state. DPS ranked second lowest in the state for student performance in the most recent report card. Dayton is serving as the guinea pig for this process.

 

Four Local Charter Schools Part of Attendance Issues Audit

Jan 23, 2015
State Auditor Dave Yost announced results of a charter school attendance audit Thursday.
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A new report says there are big disparities in attendance rates among charter schools.

Investigators in State Auditor Dave Yost’s office swept through 30 charter schools. And Yost says they found a big difference between the number of students officials reported to the Ohio Department of Education and the actual headcount in half of those schools.

Ohio DOE Tweaks New Mentorship Program Requirements

Jan 19, 2015
Organizations are grumbling about a requirement from the Ohio Department of Education to include a faith-based group for a mentorship program.
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Governor John Kasich’s new mentoring program for school children is undergoing some changes after objections over its requirement that faith-based organizations be involved. 

The program, Community Connectors, provides up to $500,000 to partnerships that provide mentoring to at-risk Ohio students.  
 

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