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October 1, 2014

State Education News

3rd-graders face high-stakes reading targets
Canton Repository                                                                 10/1/2014

The games, ice cream and play rehearsals that 9-year-old Joshua Rowell experienced during summer school this year weren't just for fun.


State raises bar for students learning to speak English
Canton Repository                                                                 10/1/2014

This year, the benchmark for language progress and attainment has raised, with the Ohio Department of Education asking for improved test scores among nearly 90 percent of a district's returning students…


Groups Critical Of Charter Schools Offer New Website To Compare Educational Info
WBNS                                                                                10/1/2014

A website has been launched that provides Ohioans side-by-side comparisons of their traditional public school district and all the public and private charter schools that operate there.



National Education News

App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding
Miami Herald                                                                       10/1/2014

This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it.


U.S. Department of Education Announces 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools
Press Release - USDoE                                                            10/1/2014

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized 337 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.


Local stories:
Plain Local's Avondale Elementary receives national recognition (Canton Repository)
Local schools win Blue Ribbon status (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Ironton High gets national award (Ironton Tribune)


Local Education News

Reynoldsburg withholds substitutes’ names from ‘Dispatch,’ citing safety
Columbus Dispatch                                                                10/1/2014

Are substitute teachers who cross the Reynoldsburg Education Association’s picket line in as much danger as police officers who have been threatened by drug and motorcycle gangs?


Students respond to creative, healthy school breakfasts
Willoughby News Herald                                                         10/1/2014

Tyler Hayes wakes up to a schoolhouse breakfast and says he noticed early morning cafeteria changes at Elyria High School.


Superintendent warns of social media pitfalls after student arrested for Instagram post
WOIO                                                                                10/1/2014

It was an online threat that had police and school officials in Twinsburg concerned.


Porch Parents Initiative Aims To Keep Neighborhood School Children Safe
WBNS                                                                                10/1/2014

A Linden neighborhood is making sure its kids get to and from school safely.  It's a new program called Porch Parents.


South Euclid-Lyndhurst Schools hires energy-conservation specialist to save $1.2 million
Cleveland Plain Dealer                                                            10/1/2014

South Euclid-Lyndhurst schools have hired an energy specialist to save the district money by conserving energy and teaching employees to do the same.


Cleveland school district CEO Eric Gordon says there's real hope for improvement in his State
Cleveland Plain Dealer                                                            10/1/2014

Cleveland school district CEO Eric Gordon delivered his fourth State of the Schools report today, highlighting some academic gains but focusing more on cultural and structural changes he hopes will help students learn more in the future.


Ohio police take cap guns from first-grader
Bucyrus Telegraph Forum                                                        10/1/2014

Police boarded a school bus in northeast Ohio and seized two toy cap guns from a 6-year-old boy who was pointing them at other children.


East Knox school cuts not enough to prevent fiscal watch
Columbus Dispatch                                                                10/1/2014

The state auditor placed the East Knox school district on fiscal watch yesterday, with the threat of lost local control looming.


Unions bristle at PV administrators’ raises
Chillicothe Gazette                                                                10/1/2014

Unions representing Paint Valley Local Schools’ teachers and support staff are blasting the board of education this week for boosting the pay of several administrators at a time when the district is struggling financially.


2 schools earn top STEM award
Dayton Daily News                                                                10/1/2014

Carroll High School and Bellbrook Middle School received top scores for the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education for the 2013-14 school year.


African students thrive at Dayton school
WDTN                                                                               10/1/2014

Several African families now call Dayton home, so schools must adapt to help new students thrive.


Students encouraged to walk or bike to school next Wed
Marion Star                                                                         10/1/2014

Students and parents are encouraged to use their feet to get to class Wednesday as part of National Walk/Bike to School Day.


Pataskala Elem. to offer after-school help for parents
Newark Advocate                                                                  10/1/2014

Teachers regularly receive professional development training, but one local school intends to offer the training to parents as well.



Higher Education News

Chancellor Carey: ‘Exciting time’ in higher education
Hillsboro Times Gazette                                                          10/1/2014

The chancellor of Ohio’s Board of Regents said Tuesday that higher education is a bipartisan issue, and that schools are seeing “dramatic increases” in retention rates.


Ohio receives $24.5 million to improve college access and completion
Cleveland Plain Dealer                                                            10/1/2014

Ohio will receive $24.5 million over the next seven years to help low-income and first-generation college students prepare for college and receive support while in school.


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