Positive Behavior Intervention Supports and Social Emotional Learning Will Be on State Report Cards

  COLUMBUS, Ohio — The State Board of Education gathered this week for its monthly meeting. The discussion Tuesday morning began with the topic of PBIS – Positive Behavior Intervention Supports – in the Integrated Student Supports Committee, which is chaired by Board Vice President Charlotte McGuire. PBIS is the…

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‘Fair School Funding Plan’ Denies Participation of Thousands of Students Using School Choice Options

  Two Ohio State Representatives, Robert Cupp (R-Lima) and John Patterson (D- Jefferson), have worked for more than a year on a new public school funding plan. Named the “Fair School Funding Plan,” it funds public-school districts but not vouchers or charters. School-choice options served almost 26,000 voucher students and more…

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Fate of Struggling Michigan School District Unclear after State Solvency Plan Rejected

by Scott McClallen   The fate of Benton Harbor High School remains unclear after school district officials last week rejected a state plan to improve poor academic performance and pay down the district’s high debt. The state initially said it had agreed with the school district on a plan to improve…

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Commentary: Government Run Schools Are Bad for Children, So Opt Out

by Lawrence Reed   The evolution of the control of educational institutions from entirely private sources to local government schools and then to control by state departments has culminated with the creation of our federal Department of Education. At all levels, government has increasingly exercised bureaucratic power over education in…

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State Board of Education vs. the State Senate on the Issue of Graduation Requirements

  The State Board of Education has been working on revamping graduation requirements, but their plan differs from one currently under consideration in the State Senate. In November 2018, the Board approved Resolution 15 to adopt the recommendations of the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee for High School Graduation Requirements. Those necessities…

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Dropout Prevention and Recovery Students May Finally Get Much Needed Support

  Dropout Prevention and Recovery (DOPR) schools have struggled to weather the storm of increasing regulations, changes in testing and graduation requirements. These schools are charter schools, many of which have been under fire from politicians on both sides of the aisle. Change came with new State Board of Education…

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Ohio Budget Currently Includes $550 Million for ‘Student Wellness and Success’

  Ohio House and Senate members are up against a hard deadline – the biennial budget must be passed before July 1. One significant provision that has been written into every version of the budget so far includes hundreds of millions of dollars for “student wellness and success.” The current…

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School Choice Gets a Boost in Ohio State Budget

  With a vote on House Bill 166, the state budget bill, occurring within days, school choice supporters may have something to cheer about. One big winner appears to be the EdChoice Scholarship program that provides state dollars to students who wish to attend private schools. The program is capped,…

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Bill Passed to Ensure Students’ Rights to Exercise Freedom of Religion in Public Schools

  COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio House Primary and Secondary Education Committee passed a bill reaffirming the First Amendment right of children to the free exercise of religion in public schools Wednesday. It passed 9 to 4 on a party line vote. “House Bill 164 will simply codify into Ohio…

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Students Still Performing Poorly in Ohio After Six Years of Common Core

  Students attending K-12 public schools in Ohio are performing just as poorly on standardized tests a full six years after Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were fully implemented in the state during the 2013-2014 academic year. “Common Core is as big a change in education as Obamacare is in…

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