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“Value Added”: Grading Teachers Through Student Growth

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The model predicts how much improvement students should make based on past results. If a student ends up performing better than predicted, the teacher gets the credit with a high “value-added’ grade. But if the student scores less than expected, the teacher gets the blame and a low grade.
8:13AM
June
17, 2013

The state of Ohio is phasing in a new teacher grading system that tries to measure the value a teacher adds to a student’s academic progress. But educators admit “Value Added” is an incomplete metric.

Kasich Adviser Selected As New Ohio Schools Chief

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11:24AM
March
12, 2013

Ohio’s state school board has picked a top education adviser to Republican Gov. John Kasich as the new superintendent of public instruction.

Oberlin Cancels Classes After Latest On-Campus Incident

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About 1,000 students gathered on campus for an afternoon rally, which featured songs from a marching band and an African dance ensemble.
8:01AM
March
5, 2013

The northeast Ohio college canceled classes Monday after the latest in a string of racist, anti-Semitic and anti-gay messages on campus.

Fired Mt. Vernon Teacher Makes Case To Ohio Supreme Court

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John Freshwater was fired in 2011 after years of legal battles following his refusal to removal a Bible from his desk at Mt. Vernon High School.
8:01AM
February 27, 2013

John Freshwater was fired in 2011 after years of legal battles following his refusal to removal a Bible from his desk at Mt. Vernon High School.

White House To Ohio: Get Ready For Education And Defense Cuts

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The Obama administration says numbers compiled from federal agencies and its own budget office cover only cuts from March to September.
8:23AM
February
25, 2013

The White House says Ohio’s schools and defense industry would see reduced funding if automatic cuts to the federal budget take effect this week.

Busy Week Ahead For Ohio Lawmakers

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Several Statehouse committees will begin work on Gov. Kasich's proposed budget, ideas for curbing school violence, and the attendance-keeping practices in Ohio school districts.
7:23AM
February
11, 2013

Several Statehouse committees will begin work on Gov. Kasich’s proposed budget, ideas for curbing school violence, and the attendance-keeping practices in Ohio school districts.

New Study Takes Aim At State Education Cuts

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8:31AM
January
30, 2013

As Republican Gov. John Kasich prepares to release a new proposal for funding Ohio’s school, a liberal policy group is touting a new study they say shows the current state budget has been a disaster for schools.

Kasich Expected To Unveil Ed. Plan In Online Town Hall Meeting

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Gov. John Kasich is hosting an online town hall meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. at www.kasichforohio.com.
7:22AM
January
29, 2013

The Republican governor is expected this week to lay out his proposals for Ohio’s school funding and other education changes.

Education Bill Includes Teacher Merit Pay, More Details To Come

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Gov. Kasich says the highly-anticipated education proposal will be unveiled before the end of the month.
8:20AM
January
15, 2013

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says his upcoming education bill will give school districts the ability to design programs that pay bonuses to teachers for high student performance.

Columbus Education Commission Discusses Ways To Save Money

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The Columbus Education Commission will review the Columbus City Schools' "business functions" to look for ways to save money.
4:11PM
January
11, 2013

Members of the Columbus Education Commission met Friday to continue to look for ways to improve Columbus City Schools. WOSU reports a review of the school district’s non-academic business was ordered.