Ohio Policy

Much work has been done to transform Cleveland schools, with much more still to be done. We take a look at progress so far.
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Proposals to change Ohio's value-add calculation have passed the House and are moving on to the Senate; Aaron takes a look.
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The proposal of a few members of the state legislature to increase the transparency around charter schools is a fine idea. But their allegation that charters “waste” public funds—apparently without acknowledging the infirmity of Ohio’s urban districts—is shameful discourse that conceals the woeful...
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School boards matter. Indeed, in Fordham’s new report Do School Boards Matter? researchers found that knowledgeable, hard-working boards that prioritize student achievement govern higher-performing districts. Perhaps this is no surprise, particularly given the wide-ranging authority of boards. In...
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Chad proves to a be a particularly prescient prognosticator of political proposals.
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Two bills currently pending in the Ohio General Assembly seek to address the needs of Ohio's high school dropouts, each with a very different focus.
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Life Skills Centers, a group of fifteen dropout-recovery charter schools operated by White Hat Management, is on the decline. Last year’s enrollment (school year 2012-13) was less than half that of 2006. The erosion of Life Skills Centers’ enrollment bucks the steadily rising trend in Ohio’s...
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Ron F. Adler
Guest commentary on the need for diligence on the part of authorizers at the front end of charter school creation.
Two pieces of pending legislation promise to derail long-planned changes to K-12 testing in Ohio if passed; we take a look at the implications of holding the line vs breaking ranks.
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I had the good fortune of attending the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) conference last week. AEFP attracts some of the nation’s finest researchers along with a small smattering of policymakers and advocates. Cutting-edge research on topics ranging from parents and school choice...
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Online charter schools have been the primary driver of sector growth; with a number of implications
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A Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) plan in Kalamazoo has shown some early results; we look at the possible implications for urban education in Ohio.
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Duplication is not always a good thing. Think about it, most of us don’t carry two cell phones. In a world with limited pants-pocket space, two phones would be senseless, right? Ohio’s school report cards have two essentially-the-same achievement components, both of which receive an A-F letter...
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Ohio is facing a potential “storm” in relation to the reading success of its third grade students. It’s critical that parents, teachers, administrators, and policymakers stay calm and remind themselves how important reading is to a child's long-term success.
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There are strong calls for a Renaissance in vocational education in Ohio. Here's what we think.
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Convention says that low-performing schools are mainly an inner-city problem. To a degree that is the case—urban public-school systems have long struggled to educate their students well. Cleveland’s public schools are something of a poster-child in this respect, and other urban schools systems in...
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Ohio is deeply mired in a dropout crisis, with more than 20,000 of its high-school students leaving school each year. A recent analysis found that 112,610 dropouts occurred between 2006 and 2010 in Ohio’s public-school system. It is absolutely crucial that the Buckeye State address dropouts, with...
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Our advice to Gov. Kasich and Supt. Ross as they further discuss "deregulation" in K-12 education in Ohio.
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Roughly 30,000 kids in Ohio take advantage of a publicly funded voucher (or “scholarship”). But as students flee public schools for private ones, how does life change for the private schools that take voucher kids? Can private schools coexist with a publicly-funded voucher program? Can they adapt...
A brief review of EducationFirst's take on PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments
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We take a look at the hubbub over Fordham's recent voucher toolkit with an Ohio insider's view.
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Authorizers are crucial cogs in the charter-school system in Ohio, both before a school opens its doors and while it is under contract to operate.
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Identifying gifted students and serving gifted students are two different things in Ohio, and neither area has data that inspires confidence.
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John Mullaney
Guest blogger John Mullaney provides valuable insight into Ohio's first ever education innovation fund grants.
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Aimee Kennedy
Two weeks ago, we read that many Ohio college students graduate tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Reporting on the Project on Student Debt’s latest analysis , the Dispatch ’s Encarnacion Pyle wrote : Despite efforts by colleges to hold their costs down, Ohio students who borrowed money and...
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Fordham's 2012-13 sponsorship annual report addresses our schools’ perspective regarding persistent challenges and how the schools address those challenges.
2012-13 Ohio Report Card Analysis
This August, Ohio issued for the first time conventional A through F school grades along nine indicators of school performance. The new A-F school report cards follow Florida’s pioneering example of A-F accountability, and Ohio joins 9 other states which have implemented A-F report cards. Over the...

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