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Education Issues: The End of the Road for Opt-Out?

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Education Issues: The End of the Road for Opt-Out?

Although state assessments of student performance are still weeks away, the subject of opting-out has already become a hot-button issue in Ohio. Much has changed since testing season last year. Although Ohio is still listed as a participant on the website for assessments written by PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), […]

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Why Do Families Leave Columbus City Schools?

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Why Do Families Leave Columbus City Schools?

During the facilities panel meeting at Columbus City Schools on Saturday, attendees were presented information about the chronic decline in enrollment as students progress through grades. According to the most recent data provided from the Ohio Department of Education, the 2013/14 school year started with 4,856 entering kindergarteners, and about half as many students — […]

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School Issues: Update on Clinton Elementary Enrollment

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Update on Clinton Elementary Enrollment

After news broke that Clinton Elementary was turning away neighborhood students due to overcrowding, the district has taken new steps to address the issue. And while none of those steps involve restoring the annex building that was demolished last year, the district will be adding classrooms. What follows is a correspondence from district spokesperson Scott […]

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Clinton Elementary Exceeds Enrollment Capacity One Year After Annex Demolition

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Clinton Elementary Exceeds Enrollment Capacity One Year After Annex Demolition

It’s been over a year since the Clinton annex was torn down at the Clinton Elementary School. At the time, there was heated debate. The Clintonville Area Commission requested a stay of demolition. Neighbors protested (and counter-protested), but the 1904 building moved into the history books at the end of June, 2014. Some wounds never […]

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School Issues: Standardized Testing / All About the Fresh AIR

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Standardized Testing / All About the Fresh AIR

Ohio is a Common Core state. That means, among other things, that it adopted a set of education standards that made it eligible for the federal Race to the Top Fund. While the standards are the same for every Common Core state, and participation in the program made Ohio eligible for federal funding, you can’t […]

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PARCC Myths & Facts: Meet the “Misinformed”

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott PARCC Myths & Facts: Meet the “Misinformed”

The subject of hundreds of area parents removing their children from state PARCC testing has been the focus of intense media and online scrutiny over the last two weeks. Referred to as “opting-out”, a widely circulated letter characterizes the opt-out participants as “right wing”, and implies they have a general disdain for public education. An […]

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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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