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Aug. 6, 2014
State Education News
2015 Community Learning Centers Grants Focus On Literacy
Ohio is adding 61 locations to its roster of federally funded centers that help school kids improve their reading skills. StateImpact Ohio's Bill Rice reports the funding comes from the 21st Century Learning Centers grant reauthorized under the No Child Left Behind education law.
Ohio adds community learning centers; Grants are focused on reading skills
The U.S. Department of Education has been doling out funds to states for after-school programs since No Child Left Behind took effect in 2002. This year, Ohio received $45 million -- up from $43 million last year. It will divvy the money among 186 learning centers already in the program and 61 new ones.
Investigation pushes back deadline for vouchers
Toledo Blade 8/4/2014
The Ohio Department of Education has announced that it is extending the deadline for school voucher applications, citing its investigation into data scrubbing that could lead to possible changes to school report cards.
Good teaching comes first, technology can help, speaker says
The Vindicator 8/6/2014
Most teachers likely would agree that Padlets, Google forms and other tools have aided in their lesson plans, but no type of classroom technology should usurp means to enhance students’ abilities to learn, a technology expert stresses.
Legislators move to repeal common core standards in Ohio
Hudson Hub-Times 8/6/2014
"Show a target and hold it steady and people will meet the target." That's the philosophy of Hudson City School Superintendent Phil Herman, in light of the current controversy over Ohio schools' Common Core curriculum.
National Education News
NASBE Articles Guide State Boards to Craft Policies That Encourage Blended Learning
The Journal 8/5/2014
Blended learning has the potential to transform instructional roles, structures, staffing, schedules and budgets. According to a new series of articles from the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), state boards of education are key to facilitating these changes, since they are responsible for adopting policies that encourage, support and oversee the implementation of personalized learning systems.
Local Education News
Ohio focuses $45 million on reading support for students in most need
Athens Messenger 8/4/2104
Three Athens County school districts are among those awarded more than a total of $45 million from the Ohio Department of Education. A total of 247 schools and community-based programs were awarded funds as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Center grants.
Parma schools receive $2.4 million in state grants for after-school programs to improve reading and math skills
Northeast Ohio Media Group 8/6/2014
Parma City Schools received $2.4 million in state grants to expand after-school reading and math programs.
Youngstown schools get grants for reading and college readiness
The Vindicator 8/6/2014
The city school district received $400,000 in additional grant money for after-school programs that focus on literacy and college and career readiness.
State awards grants to improve literacy in Lorain City Schools
Lorain Morning Journal 8/5/2014
Lorain City Schools students benefit from grants totaling $399,830 of 21st Century Community Learning Center for the 2014-15 school year.
Grant to fund expanded kindergarten in East Holmes
Wooster Daily Record 8/5/2014
Kindergartners at Berlin, Walnut Creek and Winesburg elementary schools will be enrolled in all-day, everyday kindergarten. The district's ability to fund extended learning for its youngest students came in the way of a $1.5 million 21st Century grant, for which the district applied in April.
Schools score $878,000 Straight A grant
The Canal Winchester Times 8/5/2014
The Ohio Department of Education has awarded the Canal Winchester school district an $878,583 Straight A Fund grant to help increase student achievement in its elementary schools.
Higher Education News
Ohio State, fired band director Waters trade accusations
Ohio State University and its ousted band director clashed in a series of public statements yesterday, trading barbs over a school investigation of the marching band.