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News, analysis, and opinion about K-12 education in Ohio
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Equity & Diversity Opinion We Can End Academic Tracking Fast—Or We Can Do It Right
Eliminating ability grouping can give students better opportunities, but teachers must be ready to get students to grade-level standards.
Miriam Plotinsky, June 14, 2024
5 min read
A student takes notes on their cell phone during class at Bel Air High School in Bel Air, Md., on Jan. 25, 2024.
Schools across the country are struggling with whether to allow students to use cellphones in class.
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Ed-Tech Policy What Happened When This District Did an About-Face on Cellphones
Cellphones and other technologies have altered parents’ expectations about how on-demand kids and teachers should be.
Arianna Prothero, June 12, 2024
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A cell phone sits on a student's desk during a 9th grade honors English class at Bel Air High School in Bel Air, Md., on Jan. 25, 2024.
A cellphone sits on a student's desk during a 9th grade honors English class at Bel Air High School in Bel Air, Md., on Jan. 25, 2024.
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Ed-Tech Policy States Are Cracking Down on Cellphones in Schools. What That Looks Like
State officials are increasingly taking action to curb student cellphone use.
Arianna Prothero, May 23, 2024
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Students from Piney Branch Elementary School in Bristow, Va. arrive at Elizabeth Furnace Recreational Area in the George Washington National Forest in Fort Valley, Va. on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 for an outdoor education field trip. During the field trip, students will release brook trout that they’ve grown from eggs in their classroom into Passage Creek and participate in other outdoor educational activities.
Students from Piney Branch Elementary School in Bristow, Va., arrive at Elizabeth Furnace Recreational Area in the George Washington National Forest in Fort Valley, Va., on April 23, 2024, for an outdoor education field trip.
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Families & the Community Bring Back In-Person Field Trips. Here's Why
School field trips took a hit due to the pandemic and are still recovering. Educators and experts explain why they should come back.
Elizabeth Heubeck, April 29, 2024
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Ed-Tech Policy How Teachers' Unions Are Involved in the Fight Against Cellphones in Class
Could cellphone bans be the next big issue at the bargaining table?
Madeline Will, April 24, 2024
7 min read
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School Choice & Charters Private School Choice Faces New Challenges as State Lawsuits Pile Up
The lawsuits target new, broader state programs that allow parents to use public money for private school expenses.
Mark Lieberman, November 16, 2023
6 min read
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks about his plans for the coming year during an interview at the Governor's Residence in Columbus, Ohio, on Dec. 13, 2019.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks about his plans for the coming year during an interview at the Governor's Residence in Columbus, Ohio, on Dec. 13, 2019. An overhaul that gives the governor more power over state education policy has run into legal obstacles.
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States Why Governors Are Exerting More Control Over Schools
Ohio has become the latest state to award the governor more control over schools. But the change has run into legal challenges.
Libby Stanford, November 2, 2023
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during a news conference, Feb. 21, 2023, in East Palestine, Ohio. At least part of a Republican-backed overhaul of Ohio’s K-12 education system will take effect as planned, despite a court order Monday, Oct. 2, delaying the changes after a lawsuit said they violate the constitution. DeWine says that the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce will replace the Ohio Department of Education on Oct. 3, and assures that operations like school funding, employee paychecks and other functions will continue.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during a news conference, Feb. 21, 2023, in East Palestine, Ohio. His administration has sought to overhaul reading instruction; those plans now face pushback from some educators and training groups.
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Reading & Literacy Reading Recovery Sues Ohio Over Ban on 'Cueing' in Literacy Instruction
The state is a key market for the teacher-training organization, which has used now-banned, context-based reading methods in its program.
Sarah Schwartz, October 18, 2023
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Student Well-Being In Their Own Words LGBTQ+ Student Perspective: Mental Health Challenges ‘Come With the Territory’
Imani Sims says it's rare to come across fellow members of the LGBTQ+ community who do not have difficulties with their mental health.
Lauraine Langreo, October 16, 2023
4 min read
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School Climate & Safety Q&A 'I'm Not Even a Gun Person': A Superintendent's Decision to Arm Teachers
John Scheu has led two districts through the process of creating armed response teams of staff members who serve as a first line of defense.
Caitlynn Peetz, October 9, 2023
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Educators with the Benjamin Logan Local School District receive training from the Logan County Sheriff's office to join the district's armed response team in Bellefontaine, Ohio, on June 26, 2023.
Educators with the Benjamin Logan Local School District receive training from the Logan County Sheriff's Office to join the district's Armed Response Team in Bellefontaine, Ohio, on June 26, 2023.
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School Climate & Safety Teachers With Guns: District by District, a Push to Arm Educators Is Growing
The number of districts with armed educators is rising. An inside look at one of them.
Caitlynn Peetz, September 27, 2023
12 min read
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Teaching Q&A How a Teacher Went From Teaching English to Teaching Cybersecurity
A high school cybersecurity teacher discusses why she switched subject areas and how they are similar.
Lauraine Langreo, June 28, 2023
3 min read
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Student Well-Being In This District, Students Are Part of the Mental Health Response
Lack of transportation, unreliable internet and other barriers can sometimes make it hard to find mental health care in rural settings.
Denisa R. Superville, June 5, 2023
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Addison Fleshman reads "Green Eggs and Ham" as students celebrate Dr. Seuss Week in Teresa Francis' kindergarten class Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at Westview Elementary School in Jonesboro, Ind.
Addison Fleshman reads "Green Eggs and Ham" as students celebrate Dr. Seuss Week in Teresa Francis' kindergarten class on Feb. 27, 2017, at Westview Elementary School in Jonesboro, Ind.
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Reading & Literacy What the Research Says Why Some Teachers' Unions Oppose 'Science of Reading' Legislation
Several state unions say the mandates could limit teachers’ professional autonomy in the classroom.
Sarah Schwartz & Madeline Will, March 28, 2023
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