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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Economy Grows But State Funding for Public Schools Continues to Shrink

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Grover Norquist:  “Grover Glenn Norquist…  is an American political advocate who is founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, an organization that opposes all tax increases…. A Republican, he is the primary promoter of the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” a pledge signed by lawmakers who agree to oppose increases […]

Plunderbund Releases More E-mails Confirming Kasich-Ross Role in Youngstown Plan

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Ohio’s Plunderbund blog continues to investigate the active involvement of Governor John Kasich and his staff along with the direct involvement of State Superintendent Richard Ross in the nine month negotiations for the state takeover of the Youngstown schools and in the future any district with three years’ of “F”ratings from the state. Plunderbund is […]

Ohio Researcher Proves–Yet Again–That Test Scores Measure Primarily Family Income

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Like the rest the country, Ohio is trapped in a test-and-punish education accountability system that castigates public schools when students’ test scores are persistently low. It is a system that punishes already vulnerable institutions—closing and charterizing schools in the places where scores are low, giving vouchers to help children “escape” so-called “failing” schools, and rating […]