Heights Education Group Uncovers Widespread Opposition to Confirmation of DeVos as U.S. Education Secretary

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This afternoon, members of the Heights Coalition for Public Education presented to the local staffs of Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman a joint statement—signed by 20 statewide and local educational and civic organizations—opposing the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donld Trump’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education. The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and […]

City Storm/Sewer Water Conveyance, Berkshire Rd.-Derbyshire Rd.

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It is difficult to promote the City of Cleveland Heights for private investments (Capital Formation) without a well developed, first class infrastructure. The City of Cleveland Heights may keep losing population and be second in a domino effect after East Cleveland’s failure if it cannot set its priorities right on its infrastructure. If Cleveland Heights […]

Quality vs. exclusivity: Understanding Heights schools

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Ten years ago, it was pretty easy to see the scientific flaws in the State of Ohio’s school ratings: no valid test samples, no comparison of pre-test and post-test, no time-series tracking of student results over the years, meaningless descriptions for the attainment levels—basically, no way of telling which schools were having what effects on […]

Counterpoints to Heights Observer article on Renovated High School

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I noticed the recent Heights Observer article: “Renovated high school on track for August 2017 completion” http://www.heightsobserver.org/read/2016/09/30/renovated-high-school-on-track-for-august-2017-completion The sentence “The building will be one of the most energy-efficient high schools in the nation.” is in error. There is no evidence to support that sentence. The Sustainability Working Group (SWG) reviewed the design in July-August 2015 […]

Why My Husband and I Will Vote “Yes” on the Heights School Levy

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Our children are grown and live far away, but my husband and I will be voting for Issue 109, the Heights School Levy. We believe supporting our community’s children is a responsibility and a privilege. Our high school students can study advanced chemistry and physics, a range of foreign languages, advanced placement Calculus, and computer […]

Ohio’s 2015 School District Report Cards Encourage Economic Segregation

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What does it mean when somebody gives you a bad grade for who you are?  That is exactly what the new school district report cards in Ohio do.  School achievement tends to correlate with aggregate family income, and metropolitan areas across the nation are quickly resegregating by income.  Research shows there are fewer and fewer […]

Section 8 and Source of Income Discrimination: is there something in this for us?

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Coming up with smart and effective social policy is “Mission Impossible”. And evaluating social policy is not much easier. One way to evaluate a social policy is to ask, “does it do more harm than good?” Insert social policies into that phrase and ask yourself, “Does Obamacare do more harm than good?”; “Does Social Security […]

Ohio’s School District Letter Grades Tell Us Little about Real Opportunity

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Ohio’s release last Friday of school district report cards that rate schools and school districts and assign letter grades for a range of calculations that remain incomprehensible to the general public has set me to thinking about opportunity.  The grades, after all, purport to rank and rate our state’s school districts according to their success […]

Ohio Punishes Poor School Districts with Low Rankings without Providing Needed Funds

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Last week the Ohio Education Policy Institute, in research funded by the Ohio School Boards Association, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators and the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, once again documented that school districts serving a large number and high concentration of children in poverty scored lowest on the state’s standardized achievement tests […]