Educational Redlining: How Zillow’s School Ratings Help Segregate Communities

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Heights Community Congress has just released Educational Redlining: How Zillow and GreatSchools Profit from Suspect School Ratings and Harm Communities,  a report on the practice by Zillow, the real estate website, and GreatSchools to guide home buyers to choose communities according to color-coded school ratings posted online. Heights Community Congress (HCC), founded in 1972, is […]

Educational Redlining

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Heights Community Congress (HCC), founded in 1972, is Greater Cleveland, Ohio’s oldest fair housing enforcement organization.  For over four decades HCC has been conducting audits of the real estate industry to expose and discourage racial steering and disparate treatment of African American and white home seekers.  Each September, HCC organizes a home and garden tour […]

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 […]

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” […]

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 […]

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 […]