Young, gifted, and black? Prepare to fight for your education

From Fordham Institute, Courtney McKinney

When I moved from California to Texas at age four, I was reading full books and writing at a first-grade level. After being iced out of one upscale community that wasn’t keen on having a single black mother as a neighbor, my mom moved us into a different district, specifically for its public schools. But when she went to enroll me in kindergarten, she was told that under no circumstances would I be allowed to enter kindergarten as a four-year-old, no matter what grade level I tested into.

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What Do Ohio Students Need to Get to School Every Day?

From WKSU.org 

The Ohio State Board of Education is working on a model policy to ensure fewer students miss school.  Students who miss a lot of school fall behind. It's a national problem.  Each year, 5 to 7.5 million U.S. children are considered chronically absent.  

In Ohio, 15.8 percent of students miss 10 percent of the school year—about 18 days. That adds up to nearly four weeks of school missed.

Read more about Increasing Student Attendance at WKSU.org.

Dater High Students Participate in Day of Service

From Cincinnati Public Schools

About 100 juniors from Gilbert A. Dater High School fanned out into the community in January to donate their time in a day of service to others — while building skills that will support their futures.

The students, all members of Dater’s new Junior Seminar class, are participating in a project on philanthropy. The class has partnered with Magnified Giving, a nonprofit organization that provides groups of students with $1,000 to donate to a nonprofit of their choice.

The students have been charged with convincing their peers to choose a Cincinnati-area nonprofit to receive the gift. To do so, they had to select one of 10 nonprofits to research, volunteer at, and promote with a video and presentation.

Read more about the Dater High Students Day of Service here: http://www.cps-k12.org/news/whats-new/dater-high-students-participate-day-service.  

CPS 5th Grader Wins Region II Ohio Spelling Bee

From WCPO Cincinnati

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- The Tri-State's best spellers are competing today in the WCPO 9 On Your Side Regional Spelling Bee.

The Region I Kentucky-Indiana Spelling Bee began at 2 p.m. Watch live in the player below: http://www.wcpo.com/news/spelling-bee/watch-live-the-2017-wcpo-regional-spelling-be

Sheridan Hennessy, a fifth-grader from Hyde Park Schoolwon the Region II Ohio Spelling Bee earlier in the day. Her final word was "inviolable."

View the rest of the story at WCPO Cincinnati: http://www.wcpo.com/news/spelling-bee/watch-live-the-2017-wcpo-regional-spelling-bee

Want to Fix Schools? Go to the Principal's Office

From The New York Times

CHICAGO — Gregory Jones, the principal of Kenwood high school, has learned that when spring finally arrives in Chicago, trouble often arrives with it. He saw it happen again on a warm afternoon last May, when students were lingering outside the school, on the city’s South Side, and a fight broke out.

Read the rest of the story at The New York Times: https://nyti.ms/2mspBnC

A Brooklyn Charter School Looks Past 'No Excuses'

From The New York Times

Four years ago, while reporting on the difficulties of life in Brownsville, Brooklyn, one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York, I met a school administrator named Marsha Gadsden who worked for the Ascend Public Charter Schools network. Ms. Gadsden had grown up not far away, attended prep school on a scholarship and later went to Georgetown and Harvard, and she told me she worried about the unforgiving disciplinary codes used by her employer and so many urban charter schools around the country.

Read the rest of the story here: https://nyti.ms/2mrgcgh 

Resurrecting Catholic Schools

From Thomas B. Fordham Institute

The two most important changes in American education policy over the past several decades have been the expansion of school choice and changes to school accountability. So far, they’ve generally been good for our country and our kids. Yet they’ve largely left Catholic schools behind—and the leaders of Catholic education haven’t tried very hard either to resist these changes or to take advantage of them.

Read the full story here: https://edexcellence.net/articles/resurrecting-catholic-schools

​​​​​​​$2,000 available for Cincinnati graduates at Cincinnati State

From Cincinnati Enquirer                                                                

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has a new grant program to help make college more affordable for low-income students.

The program will provide up to $1,000 for tuition and $1,000 for books for low-income graduates of Cincinnati Public Schools who become full-time, degree-seeking students at Cincinnati State. The grant is available for students who qualify for a federal Pell Grant.

Check out this story on cincinnati.com: http://cin.ci/2m5PES

West Side to get a New Spanish School

From The Cincinnati Enquirer  

¿Habla español?

Or, rather, do you wish your child did?

Cincinnati Public Schools is opening a new Spanish-language magnet school in North Fairmount. District officials say LEAP Academy will be similar to the highly popular Fairview-Clifton German Language School. LEAP will open next school year for preschool through third grade, with a new grade added each year until the school runs through sixth grade.

Check out this story on cincinnati.com: http://cin.ci/2m8w08H

 

Hamilton County Juvenile Court Program Keeps Kid Felons Out of Ohio's Juvenile System

From Cincinnati Enquirer

A 10-year-old Hamilton County program has been quietly diverting kids from juvenile prison to treat their mental illness and/or substance abuse  

Check out this story on cincinnati.com: http://cin.ci/2ky2GEj

Judge John Williams asks the tall, thin teen in front of him if he has any idea how many people were shot last year in Hamilton County.

"No, sir," the 17-year-old answers as he shifts in his chair.

"Four hundred, and 30,'' the Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge tells the kid who is in front of him in early December for taking a loaded .32-caliber gun to Woodward High School back in October.

A school security guard discovered the gun in the kid's backpack during a random search. The teen, who admitted buying the gun in Northern Kentucky, has been locked up in the Hamilton County Youth Center ever since. In years past, the felony charge would (have) been an automatic ticket to juvenile prison.

Read the rest of this story on cincinnati.com: http://cin.ci/2ky2GEj

On the Right track: Ohio’s charter reforms one year into implementation

From Thomas B. Fordham Institute 

Ohio House Bill 2 (HB 2) was signed into law on November 1, 2015. It was a landmark piece of legislation that significantly altered the framework governing the state’s charter schools. The comprehensive legislation sought to right a sector that has struggled since Ohio’s first charter schools opened in 1998, while also protecting the very school-level autonomy that is essential to the charter model.

HB 2 aimed to reverse years of poor oversight and to put Ohio’s charter schools on the road to redemption through tougher oversight of sponsors, the entities that hold charter schools accountable (also commonly known as “authorizers”); strengthening of charter governing boards, the bodies that oversee school operations and management; and requiring greater transparency from charter operators.

Now that more than a year has passed, we take a first close look and how these charter reforms are being implemented—with vigor and care, or with neglect? Are there any early indications that the reforms are improving sector performance? Alternatively, are any unintended consequences becoming clear?

Download the full report now to see for yourself.

Good Charters are Good Choices (Shyanne's story)

From Thomas B. Fordham Institute

One of the primary problems we face in education policy making is our inability, or unwillingness, to see through the eyes of moms, dads, and students in search of better options. We’re reluctant to let go of tired talking points and simply ask, “What would I want for my own child?” 

Read the full story here: https://edexcellence.net/articles/good-charters-are-good-choices-shyanne’s-story-dayton-early-college-academy

 

 

More charter schools closing after Ohio toughens rules

From The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio could see a record number of charter schools close this year.  In the wake of a new state law designed to shut down failing schools, several charter-school sponsors are severing ties with schools they agreed to oversee.

Read the full story here: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/06/19/more-charter-schools-closing-after-state-toughens-accountability.html#

Some charter schools close in wake of Ohio Reform Law

From Associate Press

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on Monday asked federal regulators to examine how Ohio charter schools that received money through a grant program stack up against their counterparts in other states before giving the state any more money.

Read the full story here: http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2016/06/20/Some-charter-schools-close-in-wake-of-Ohio-reform-law.html