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Common Core/PARCC: Throwing Out The Baby and The Bathwater

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Common Core/PARCC: Throwing Out The Baby and The Bathwater

When it comes to education reform in Ohio, it’s a challenge to keep track of all the different opposition movements. Here’s how to put together the pieces of the puzzle. COMMON CORE CURRICULUM Common Core Curriculum is a teaching guide designed to optimize American children’s performance internationally. While politicians like to claim it was designed […]

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School Issues: The New Pro-Choice?

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: The New Pro-Choice?

“Why do we need a school board? Can you name anything the school board has done that helped a single child?” Those aren’t the sorts of questions you might expect from a speaker who is a former member of the Columbus Board of Education. But then again, the meeting at which the questions were posed […]

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Ohio’s Own: Living Fresh Microgreens

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Living Fresh Microgreens

We’re not exactly in prime Farmers Market season here. It’s slim pickin’ for those who want to eat local and eat greens this time of year. But there is one green thing that can thrive locally in wintery conditions: sprouts. Not just bean sprouts or alfalfa sprouts, microgreens — in radish, mustard and kale flavor. […]

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Ohio’s Own: Snozzberry Kombucha

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Snozzberry Kombucha

Being a sucker for all things Willie Wonka makes it easy to justify a seven-dollar bottle of Veruca Snozzberry. Veruca, you may recall, was a spoiled little princess who met her demise at the hands of a group of squirrels in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As for snozzberries, they’re a fictional fruit referred to […]

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School Issues: The PARCC Revolt of 2015

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: The PARCC Revolt of 2015

The Ohio Department of Education has issued a primer for parents who are considering opting their children out of the upcoming state PARCC performance tests. The opening paragraph says: “There is no law that allows a parent or student to opt out of state testing and there is no state test opt-out procedure or form. […]

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Restaurant Review: Acre Farm-to-Table To-Go

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Acre Farm-to-Table To-Go

Acre feels something like a start-up cousin to the Northstar Café. Both have counter service, both promote locally-grown sensibilities. Both have rice bowls on the menu. But at Acre, the counter team wears plaid shirts, while the back of the house wears serious white chef gear (minus poofy hat). And Acre doesn’t have a double-digit […]

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School Issues: The PARCC Approacheth

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: The PARCC Approacheth

PARCC testing hits Ohio public schools this month. The acronym stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. It’s a testing project from the textbook company, Pearson, designed to assess student progress in the Common Core curriculum. According to the PARCC website, the tests come with a price tag of $24 per […]

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