A Musical Performance: Collaborative Learning, Authentic Assessment, Opportunity to Learn

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Earlier this week my husband and I attended Reaching Musical Heights, a concert that happens in our school district every four years.  It is sponsored by Reaching Heights, the nonprofit organization that promotes equity and opportunity to learn across the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district’s elementary and middle schools and that rents Severance Hall, the gorgeous, art […]

Richard Rothstein Tells Cleveland Audience: Public Policy Created Segregation and White Flight

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In a 2004 book, Class and Schools, Richard Rothstein, of the Economic Policy Institute, examined social and economic factors in the lives of children and in the community that affect the academic performance of children in school.  Rothstein has been examining economic factors that affect student achievement for years, and his observations have recently been […]

A walk in a whiteout

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At this time of year, even those who embrace winter the most begin to get tired of it – the cold and gray, shoveling, shivering, trudging and salt-encrusted everything. But when a new snow storm comes in, I don’t care how long or cold the winter has been; I head out for a walk with […]

Life in the Breakdown Lane

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 For my second thread blog thread, I’m going to post material from a manuscript titled Life in the Breakdown Lane. In this country, children’s services agencies and juvenile courts intersect at a place I call the breakdown lane. Telling the story of this place seems as insurmountable as it is important.  An occasional headline gives […]

Should the Federal Government Be Determining How States Evaluate Teachers?

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Senator Lamar Alexander, chair of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, held another hearing this week on the potential reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, since 2002 called No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The subject of this week’s hearing was federal requirements for evaluating school teachers. While it is […]

Ohio Auditor’s Report on Low Attendance at Dropout Recovery Schools Confirms Long Trend

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Last October, Ohio State Auditor, Dave Yost sent staffers unannounced to 30 charter schools across the state to see if the headcount of students present matched the number of students the schools had declared were enrolled this year.  Yost announced on January 22, 2015 that, “Out of the 30 schools reviewed, seven were identified as […]

Charter Titans’ Political Contributions Keep Ohio Charters Unregulated

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In Policy vs. Politics: Which Will Prevail in the Looming Ohio Charter School Reform Fight? researchers from the Ohio Charter School Accountability Project examine the connection between political contributions made by David Brennan and William Lager—Ohio’s two largest charter profiteers—to prominent Republican state legislators and the passage of Ohio laws that keep Ohio’s charter schools […]

Good Man, Good Deeds – Making a Difference

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We all have the power to make a difference in the world, but it doesn’t always feel like it. I would like to take a moment to brag a little bit about my husband, Shaul Janes. Shaul and I moved to Cleveland Heights just over two years ago from Jerusalem. It has not been an […]

Citizens Police Academy – Part VII: Wrapping It Up

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I had every intention of wrapping up my experience with the Cleveland Heights Citizens Police Academy back when it ended last fall. But I didn’t know what to say. That is until a Cleveland Heights resident named Samuel Taylor allegedly led police on a brief car chase through a residential neighborhood here. Then, after he […]