August 2019 Articles


Tackling Chronic Absenteeism Together with the Get 2 School Network

By: Staff Blogger

Whether it’s on the football field or in a learning community, teamwork makes a world of difference! For educators, partnerships can transform the school experience and create new opportunities for students. On Saturday, we officially launched an exciting effort to elevate the importance of school attendance in Ohio schools.

Introducing the Get 2 School, Stay in the Game Network! We’re working with the Cleveland Browns Foundation and Harvard University’s Proving Ground to put an end to chronic absenteeism. Missing one or two days of school every few weeks is enough to cause students to fall behind and become chronically absent. More than 260,000 Ohio students were chronically absent last year.

At the foundation of Get 2 School is a belief that student success starts with engaged learners who attend school each day. To begin, our network includes a core group of districts – including learning communities in rural and urban settings – to test and evaluate the effectiveness of specific, attendance-related strategies. The network’s website,, has many resources for educators, families and communities—all available at no cost. 

Visit to download posters, yard signs, attendance trackers and more. We’re encouraging students to take the attendance pledge, and there’s an attendance spotlight to submit your school’s success stories to potentially be featured by the Cleveland Browns Foundation.  

In celebration of the network’s launch, 500 students, family members, educators, community members and leaders from across the state gathered for a pep rally at FirstEnergy Stadium, prior to Saturday’s Orange & Brown Scrimmage. See more highlights from our kickoff event below!

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State Supt. Paolo DeMaria Highlights Students and Educational Opportunities at the Ohio State Fair (Part 2)

By: Staff Blogger

The Ohio State Fair wrapped up on Sunday and State Supt. Paolo DeMaria shared in the excitement prior to this fair season’s finale. From a robotics challenge to musical performances, Supt. DeMaria celebrated the extraordinary talents of Ohio’s students. Mark your calendars for July 29-Aug. 9, 2020 for next year’s fair. We’re already excited to see what new learning opportunities it will bring!

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State Supt. Paolo DeMaria Highlights Students and Educational Opportunities at the Ohio State Fair (Part 1)

By: Staff Blogger

State Supt. Paolo DeMaria was back at the Ohio State Fair last weekend, interacting with students, parents, educators and volunteers and highlighting the many educational opportunities available to attendees! As a reminder, the state fair is open now through Aug. 4, and we encourage you to explore everything it offers for students and adults. Find last weekend’s updates below, and stay tuned for more from Paolo in the coming days from the state fair.

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