Eliminate State Exit Exams as High School Graduation Requirement

December 2, 2018

The Board of Public Education Partners is adamantly opposed to tying high school graduation to state-mandated standardized tests. Because the Ohio General Assembly created these new graduation requirements in 2014, nearly 52,000 seniors across the state in Ohio’s Class of …

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Repeal Ohio’s School Takeover Law – HB 70

November 17, 2018

School districts in economically-distressed areas generally have low grades on the state report card; conversely, school districts in affluent areas have high grades. One could travel through a county or region of Ohio and predict the report card grade of …

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Social Emotional Learning

November 15, 2018

There is much more to Social Emotional Learning (SEL) than wanting to help students cope with their emotions. That goal can be accomplished by ensuring every public school has enough counselors and psychologists, and that every family has access to …

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Ohio PUBLIC EDUCATION WEEK is Jan. 20-26, 2019

November 13, 2018

Public Education Partners (PEP) is a statewide nonprofit that was created to connect and unite advocates that support public school districts and the children and families they serve. The Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding (OCEASF) was organized to …

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Who’s Right in the Battle Over ECOT Blame?

October 22, 2018

Among the most important questions this election cycle is one asked by the Columbus Dispatch last month: Which side is right in the political battle over ECOT blame? In this piece, let’s take a look at the major-party candidates running …

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FAILURE to Act

October 18, 2018

A recent analysis in The Plain Dealer asks this question: Did Yost, DeWine Dawdle on ECOT? After a rather detailed history lesson – the analysis gives us this answer: YES they did. Let’s look at Auditor David Yost, now running …

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Letter to ODE about Computer Grading of Exams

September 8, 2018

Open letter to ODE about computer grading of EOC exams from English teachers. Posted by Christopher Cotton, Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio OPEN LETTER TO: Paolo DeMaria Superintendent of Public Instruction Ohio Department of Education superintendent@education.ohio.gov CC: Office …

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Response to ECOT’s Attack on Public Education

August 1, 2018

The following Tweets were created by Ruth Spanos, a part-time School Speech Language Pathologist who works through the ESC of Northeast Ohio. She generated these Tweets in response to the ECOT scandal and subsequent social media attack on public education …

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Ohio Public Education Platform

July 19, 2018

The Ohio Constitution (Article VI, sections 2 and 3) requires the state to secure a thorough and efficient system of common schools and provide for the organization, administration and control of the system. School district boards of education have the …

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Restore the 5 of 8 Rule in Ohio

April 29, 2018

 A long, long time ago I can still remember how that music used to make me smile And I knew if I had my chance That I could make those people dance And maybe they’d be happy for a while …

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Each Child = Our Future in Ohio

April 28, 2018

The Ohio Department of Education and State Board of Education released a working draft of the state’s five-year strategic plan for education called EachChild=OurFuture. According to the ODE website, the purpose of the plan is to help each child become …

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March for Our Lives – March 24, 2018

March 20, 2018

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has …

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