Ohio House Bill 153, one of John Kasich’s partisan budget bills, added new criteria for ranking Ohio’s school districts. Back in 2011, we posted a series of articles looking at the ranking system as it was initially introduced. Since then, some minor modifications have been made to the rankings, and the State Board of Education adopted a set of standards to clarify how the new financial ranking components would be implemented.
Once again, Ohio’s urban districts will be penalized by the state’s push to expand charters.
Going into effect in June 2014, districts will now be ranked based [...]Full Story... →
A little over a week ago, we posted about a video that surfaced regarding the school board race in the Olentangy Local School District. You can read that post here (recommended before reading on).
The video that was referenced was posted by a group named Olentangy United trying to inform voters in Olentangy about connections to the Springboro School District. As such, a group of independent individuals from the Olentangy Schools area had begun the process of fact-checking the video for the purpose of confirming the details contained within. Unfortunately, that fact-checking was silenced by threats.
The group, ONE Olentangy, [...]Full Story... →
Pretend you’re a teacher in Ohio. As a teacher, your job is to educate the children in your class. You do this through a variety of methods – talking, listening, correcting, etc. – but it always includes some form of assessment of the students’ knowledge. An assessment takes many forms, but it is always used to gauge how well the students have learned AND is used by you, the teacher, to assess your own teaching and where you may need to reteach and improve your own knowledge going forward. The way you do this is by looking at the assessments [...]Full Story... →
The Olentangy Local School District is located in Delaware County, north of Columbus, and is in the top ten in the state in student enrollment with over 17,000 students. The district has received a rating of either Excellent (“A”) or Excellent with Distinction (“A+”) since 2005 from the Ohio Department of Education. Despite their top rating, the district has continually lost students to charter schools (see our post explaining why this is allowed to occur).
This year, with the new state report card, Olentangy once again received high marks with 6 A’s and 3 B’s. Using a traditional [...]Full Story... →
There are really very few secrets when it comes to school funding in Ohio. The formulas may be complicated and confusing, but if you know where to look, it’s possible to track down all of the numbers that comprise the funds going to school districts and charter schools – most of them on the Ohio Department of Education website.
One of the best, and most comprehensive sources, is an awesome spreadsheet the state puts out called the “Bridge Report”. The report for last school year was posted this summer, and for the first time it included a count of the [...]Full Story... →
It is generally understood in Ohio that charter schools are only popping up in the lowest-performing districts in the state. The Ohio Department of Education explains this very simply on its website as follows:
According to Ohio laws, sponsors may consider [challenged districts] as potential sites for Community Schools. Newly created new start-up community schools may be started in challenged districts only and the list represents all districts meeting that definition for the 2012-2013 school year.
This is spelled out in legalese in section 3314.02 of the Ohio Revised Code, which is lengthy, but [...]Full Story... →
Last week, Governor Kasich made his most recent replacement appointee to Ohio’s State Board of Education, Ronald Rudduck. Rudduck lives in Wilmington, Ohio, and fills the vacant District 10 seat, replacing Jeffrey Hardin, who passed away in March. He must run in November 2014 to retain the seat for the term ending Dec. 31, 2016.
You can read a nice write up on Rudduck in the Wilmington News Journal. Not mentioned in the article, however, is Rudduck’s political affiliation. It shouldn’t be a surprise that Rudduck is a registered and regularly voting Republican (since 2000, as recorded by [...]Full Story... →
The headline for the Columbus Dispatch article reads ‘Enough is enough,’ Coleman says on abysmal report card. The word “abysmal” was some editorializing on the part of the journalist, of course, as no official was quoted using that particular adjective.
The new Columbus report card isn’t exactly stellar, but I do expect news reports to be a little more objective when reporting the news. Officials quoted in the article described the new grades as follows:
“We as a community have failed the children of this school and we have failed the children of this district,” – Mayor Michael B. Coleman
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Charter schools have been touted as the key method by which Ohio was going to improve public schooling in Ohio for over a decade. Charters have long been given flexibility by the state to try innovative programs and have been frequently exempted from many of the same regulations that constrain traditional public schools. Charter schools have also been promoted as providing competition to “failing” urban schools under the premise that the competition would cause both the charters and the districts to make dramatic improvements.
According to StateImpact Ohio, “Charter schools were supposed to offer students who weren’t succeeding in [...]Full Story... →
Representatives Hayes and Patmon have reintroduced legislation to allow schools to count their school year in terms of hours instead of days in the form of House Bill 32. In the previous General Assembly, this was House Bill 191 and it fizzled out in the House Education Committee. This Wednesday, May 8, the House Education Committee will take up HB32 by hearing testimony from the sponsors.
You can read our writing about HB191 here.
In addition to allowing public schools some flexibility in the crafting of the school year (the bill removes the 182 [...]Full Story... →
From the “not news” file comes the continuing sad saga of ECOT, the largest charter e-school in Ohio. We’ve reported about ECOT many times in the past and this post is a continuing update of the damage that ECOT continues to cause statewide.
ECOT’s 40% graduation rate doesn’t stop them from siphoning students and funding away from over 300 of the top-rated school districts in the state. A whopping 327 of the 353 districts rated Excellent or Excellent w/Distinction (“A” or “A+”) are losing students and the associated funding to ECOT this year, totaling over $33 million dollars pulled from [...]Full Story... →