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Ohio, online schools battle over documenting attendance

By   /  September 14, 2016  /  Education Blog, Ohio  /  No Comments

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The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow finds itself at the center of a dispute regarding online charter school attendance, but the Columbus Dispatch reports the group’s situation is hardly unique. ECOT stands to lose at least $80 million in funding if it is unsuccessful in its fight against the use of log-in durations as a measure of […]

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Cleveland Teachers Union calls for strike

By   /  August 16, 2016  /  Education Blog, Ohio  /  No Comments

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The Cleveland Teachers Union has voted to go on strike beginning Sept. 1.  Schools opened Monday. “It is unfortunate that after 11 months of negotiating that we do not have a [contract],” Teachers Union President David J. Quolke said in a news release. Read more here.

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Political hangover: Conventions are over, bill goes to taxpayers

By   /  July 29, 2016  /  National, News, Ohio, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Several blocks surrounding the Wells Fargo Center, site of this week’s Democratic National Convention, looked like a militarized zone.

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RNC: Protesters keep protesting, GOP yells back

By   /  July 20, 2016  /  National, Ohio, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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CLEVELAND — It’s a scene so chaotic that at some points it’s difficult to guess which person is protesting what cause. Some are more obvious: many protesters from better-known groups such as Black Lives Matter and Code Pink are peacefully assembling outside the perimeter of the 2016 Republican National Convention. Others hold signs emblazoned with sayings […]

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Study: Ohio vouchers study shows need for more study

By   /  July 13, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarhip Program has provided vouchers to nearly 20,000 students in Ohio who would otherwise attend low-performing schools. A new study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute examined the program to determine how it is working by analyzing data from the 2003-2004 through 2012-13 school years. The study looked to answer the questions “Which children are using EdChoice when […]

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Cleveland’s first union-charter contract agreed upon

By   /  June 17, 2016  /  Education Blog, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Teachers at Cleveland’s I Can charter schools now have a union contract for three years, the first in the city. The contract sets teacher pay to start at $37,000 with a maximum of about $62,000. “This contract is historic for the state of Ohio, and these teachers deserve a round of congratulations for wanting the voice […]

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