Apples and innovation

  • Neither the apple nor its juice falls far from the tree. A Sylvania Southview High School junior (a Toledo-area school) has created an experiment that was published in a professional journal this month. Jasmine Serpen studied the sugar content of bottled juices versus fresh-pressed fruit. She credits the science curriculum of her high school with giving her the tools to persevere and succeed in her research.
  • Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was the keynote speaker at the Brookings Institution as it unveiled the 2012 Education Choice and Competition Index. Brookings awarded the Recovery School District in New Orleans with top honors for both the quantity of choices available to parents as well as the availability of information for families.
  • The Cleveland Plain Dealer is urging parents to hold Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon’s feet to the fire when it comes to the promises made in his academic turnaround plan. The district is soon to unveil a dashboard on its website noting progress in the four-year implementation plan.
  • Reynoldsburg City Schools Superintendent Steve Dackin is no stranger to innovation. With one guiding principle—an excellent education for all students—he led Reynoldsburg to an A+ rating in 2011-12. Check out the Columbus Dispatch’s profile of Dackin and Reynoldsburg.

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