Ohio Supreme Court Rules Private Charter School Management Firm Owns Public Assets

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Yesterday Ohio’s elected, Republican-dominated supreme court ruled that a privately held, for-profit charter management company, White Hat Management, owns the equipment and assets of several White Hat Hope Academies and Life Skills Academies that had sought to sever ties with White Hat and hire a new management company to run the schools. White Hat is […]

Ohio Regulator Favors Politically Connected Charter School Sponsors, Resigns When Exposed

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Things unraveled pretty quickly last week for David Hansen, the director of school choice at the Ohio Department of Education.  On Tuesday, the State Board of Education, dominated by appointees of Republican Governor John Kasich, met and discussed why, as Ohio began to evaluate the sponsor-authorizers of Ohio’s charter schools, the test scores of students […]

Update on CH water system from City Council Member Jason Stein

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The water system in Cleveland Heights is in need of significant repair, estimated at $20 million. It also owes more than $3 million to the Cleveland Water Department, which supplies water to Cleveland Heights through a “master meter” (i.e. Cleveland Heights pays for all the water it uses, and then distributes the water to residents […]

Ohio Fast-Tracks Emergency Manager for Youngstown Schools and More Districts in Future

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The headline on Doug Livingston’s piece in the Akron Beacon Journal, says it all: Ohio Lawmakers Scrap Elected School Boards and Union Contracts, Usher In Private Control After Barring Opposition Testimony. Livingston explains: “The bill began innocuously in the House as an effort to help communities turn schools into comprehensive learning centers for the neighborhood. […]

New Illinois Analysis: Test Scores Correlate with School’s Economic Level, Not School’s Quality

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States like my own state of Ohio that assign letter grades (A-F) to schools and school districts base these rankings pretty much on the standardized test scores of the students.  Test scores—with high school graduation rates sometimes added to the algorithm that determines the grade—are understood as the way to measure school quality.  The “A” […]

Crime trends downward in Cleveland Heights

Trend in serious crimes committed in Cleveland Heights, Full-year / 2011-2015. Copyright Heights Observer 2015. Data from CHPD.
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Here is a series of charts using crime data from the Cleveland Heights Police Department. All of these have been published previously in the Heights Observer. I’m providing them as a quick visual to see crime trends. For information on how the data are gathered and managed, read the original article in the Heights Observer series, […]

Scott Gainer clarifies the facts on Issue 2

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Sadly, a lot of misinformation and flat out lies have been put into the community by a handful of opponents and we need to set the record straight and get out and vote. Otherwise, our schools, students and community will suffer from losing this vital funding. FACT:  The number of administrators did not increase by […]

State School Rankings Cause Educational Redlining

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These remarks were delivered as part of a Heights Community Congress event on April 24, Educational Redlining. Let me say how privileged I am that you invited me to participate tonight.  Our children thrived here in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools and I believe our schools are among our community’s most important assets.  And it […]