Scathing Stanford CREDO Report Shows Ohio Traditional Public Schools Outperform Charters

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Charter schools in Ohio are notorious because the state legislature, filled with money from supporters of some of the worst charters, has chosen hardly to regulate the charter school sector at all.  On Tuesday, the Stanford Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) released a new study of the academic effectiveness of Ohio’s charters (as […]

Accountability Should Reward Schools That Serve All Children Well Even If Achievement Gaps Remain

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The U.S. Department of Education has just updated the rules for states to be granted waivers from the most onerous requirements of the old, dated, and much criticized No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).  Anne Hyslop recently reported that in its new rules, the Department now requires states to ensure that every school is closing […]

Structural Racism: A Bleak Educational Future for Poor Children in America’s Metropolitan Areas

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In one of the essays in Twenty-First Century Color Lines (2009), Andrew Grant-Thomas and john a. powell, of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University, confront the idea that our greatest social challenges are the result of the attitudes and behaviors of individuals.  Grant-Thomas and powell write […]

Ohio’s Plunderbund Examines Correlation of School District Ratings with Family Income

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For many years Ohio has used a Performance Index to judge its school districts.  The Performance Index is a formula based primarily on standardized test scores.  Not too long ago at a meeting, when someone pointed out that the Performance Index seems to reflect family wealth and may not, in fact, represent school quality, an […]

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio School District Rankings Correlate with Family Income

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Back in 2005, the Committee on Public Education and Literacy of the National Council of Churches released a statement, Ten Moral Concerns in No Child Left Behind.  As number 9 on its list of concerns, the Committee wrote: “The No Child Left Behind Act exacerbates racial and economic segregation in metropolitan areas by rating homogeneous, […]

PDK/Gallup Poll Says Americans Value Teachers and Want Teachers Supported, Not Punished

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Note:  I blog regularly on national issues in public education at http://janresseger.wordpress.com.  From time to time, I’ll repost to this Heights Observer site when I think the topic may be of real interest locally to residents of Cleveland Heights-University Heights.  You may also find topics that relate to issues in our community on my blog at http://janresseger.wordpress.com. […]

There’s something happening here

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Last spring in a profound commentary the editors of Rethinking Schools magazine argued that school accountability based on high-stakes standardized tests merely disguises class and race privilege as merit.  While individual children of all economic and racial groups are likely to score all over the spectrum on standardized tests, in the aggregate scores are likely to be higher […]