The 3rd Grade Reading Promotion Crisis

July 24, 2017

 Some state officials claim that the students caught up in this problem may be “marginally” proficient and therefore could benefit from the additional intervention in the retention programs. They also argue that the mid-term promotion option will take care of …

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Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee

June 27, 2017

I am a college professor and a mother. My Ph.D. is in Lifespan Cognitive Development, and I have taught developmental psychology and educational psychology for 25 years at Syracuse University, Ithaca College and Kenyon College. My children are 5 and …

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Safe Harbor for Ohio High School Students

June 13, 2017

The Board of Public Education Partners is strongly opposed to tying high school graduation to state-mandated standardized tests. Because the Ohio General Assembly created these new graduation requirements in 2014, one third of Ohio’s Class of 2018 is now at …

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A Letter to the State Board of Education of Ohio

June 8, 2017

Ohio’s largest online charter school, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), was paid for 9,000 more students than it should have been paid in 2016, according to an Ohio Department of Education enrollment audit. The Ohio Department of Education told …

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Local School District Funds Flow to Charter Schools

May 2, 2017

Here’s a graphic created by Public Education Partners that shows school district patrons how a portion of their school levy funds flows to charters. Some state officials have argued that no local funds are involved in chartering. They may be …

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Dr. Laura Chapman Comments on Ohio HB 176

April 8, 2017

Ohio Rep. Andy Thompson (R- 95th) recently reintroduced a 236-page bill to “eliminate Common Core State Standards and bring standardized testing to a federal minimum.” https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-176 The current version of HB 176, introduced and co-sponsored by Ohio ALEC members, appears to address …

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Ohio’s High School Graduation Crisis

March 15, 2017

Did you know that the Ohio General Assembly created new graduation requirements for students beginning with the class of 2018? *High school students must score well on new state tests to graduate- beyond earning credits and good grades in school. …

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Akron Area School Superintendents’ ESSA Recommendations

February 10, 2017

The Akron Area School Superintendents Association recognizes that the federal ESSA legislation gives states an opportunity to make meaningful reforms to educational practices and policies.  They are concerned that Ohio’s draft plan does not appear to reflect the input that …

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