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September 03, 2009
September 09, 2009
Ohio earned a C- rating, placing the Buckeye State tenth in the nation in StudentsFirst’s second-annual “State Policy Report Card.” StudentsFirst is a national education-reform organization led by Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of D.C. Public Schools. The highest-rated states were Louisiana and Florida, which both received a B- rating. For its policy report card, StudentsFirst bases a state's ratings on three reform “pillars”: Teacher quality, parental choice, and fiscal- and governance-related issues. Fairly high praise for the Buckeye State, but as the mediocre rating indicates, Ohio still has plenty of room to improve.
According to StudentsFirst, Ohio’s areas of strength include:
The weaknesses include:
StudentsFirst adeptly wades through Ohio’s quagmire of education policies, even linking the policy realm under examination to the applicable section of state law. Helpfully also, the report card provides comparisons to other states, allowing users to identify the state with the best-in-class policy. This is all valuable, useful, and good information for Ohio’s policymakers. But in the end, Ohio’s C- rating, which equals the state’s rating from last year, reminds us that ed-reform still remains an unfinished work.