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July 31, 2014 via WOSU

Repealing the Common Core

The new school year is just around the corner, and Ohio plans to align its standardized tests with the Common Core curriculum. Opponents see this as a federal takeover of public education and are working to pass a bill eliminating the Core. This hour we’ll hear from both sides, and discuss the future of standardized education in Ohio. Full article

July 30, 2014 via The Columbus Dispatch

Common Core supporters ready to defend it

Following a new push to derail Ohio’s use of Common Core academic standards, supporters acknowledge they’ve been complacent and need to step up their game. Full article

July 29, 2014 via Toledo Blade

Ohio bill would scrap Common Core model

COLUMBUS — A pair of Republican lawmakers on Monday introduced a bill to repeal Common Core education standards that critics argue usurp local control of schools and place too much emphasis on standardized testing. Full article

July 28, 2014 via Aurora Advocate

Ohio House GOP plans to into new bill to repeal Common Core in Ohio

Columbus — Republican lawmakers are preparing a series of hearings and a potential committee vote on a new bill to repeal Common Core standards being implemented in Ohio’s schools. Full article

June 23, 2014 via Thomas Fordham Institute

Ohio’s teacher evaluation system changes midstream

In our last Ohio Gadfly, we analyzed recent changes to Ohio’s Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) and suggested ways it could be improved. This guest commentary by Greg Harris, Ohio State Director of StudentsFirst, emphasizes the critical importance of evaluations. Full article

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May 20, 2014 posted by Claire Powell

60 years Later – Where are we now?

As we reflect on the historic Brown v. Board of Education desegregation ruling, it’s important to consider our progress towards improving education. As an educator and a baby boomer, our progress on the 60th anniversary of this momentous occasion gives me great pause. Read more

May 9, 2014 posted by Tayler Showalter

Miss Clark Inspires My Work As a Future Educator

As Teacher Appreciation Week continues and I think back on my last sixteen years as a student, there is one teacher in particular who stands out in my mind as someone who deeply impacted my learning in a unique way: Miss Clark, my seventh grade math teacher. Read more

March 6, 2014 posted by LK Williams

The Nobility and Importance of the Teaching Profession

Student-centered education reform dates back to the 60's and beyond. Until recently, however, finding the political will to embrace bold ideas to improve education has been tough. Read more

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