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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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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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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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Columbus School Board Hiring New Part Time Admin for $25,000 Per Month

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Columbus School Board Hiring New Part Time Admin for $25,000 Per Month

While Columbus City Schools lacks the funds to provide all its students with math textbooks, functional computer access or air conditioned classrooms, things are looking up for the district budget. The school system has found a way to fund a brand new, twenty-five thousand dollar per month, part-time administrator. The compensation might look like a […]

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School Issues: Ohio Public Preschools Not Meeting State Requirements

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Ohio Public Preschools Not Meeting State Requirements

When political leaders talk about offering high quality public pre-schools in Ohio, it’s a good bet that they use the phrase, “high quality” loosely. In some sense, “high quality” can be defined in a number of ways, all relative to other terms, such as “low quality” and “poor quality”. Except that the quality of preschools […]

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School Issues: Teachers Hit the Jackpot in Columbus

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: Teachers Hit the Jackpot in Columbus

Columbus is the best place for single women, the best place for African American families, one of the smartest cities in the nation, a perennial top-tenner on the fat list, and according to new research, it’s home to some of the most well-compensated teachers in the United States. Time to celebrate, right? Or not. Media […]

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School Issues: The End of Arts and Phys Ed?

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott School Issues: The End of Arts and Phys Ed?

About a month ago, the entire activist world went ballistic with a rumor that the State Board of Education would be approving a measure that would give local school districts more control over staffing in elementary schools. The measure wasn’t actually on the agenda, but that didn’t stop the rumors or protests. It didn’t help […]

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