Group working to develop free anti-bullying program
1 Comment · Tuesday, May 1, 2012
In the idyllic world of TV sitcoms,
bullying among school-age youth usually entails some name-calling and
maybe the exchange of a few punches. The problem is fixed within 30
minutes or an hour, usually with some sage words of wisdom dispensed by
an adult. Cue commercial. Bullying in the real world, however, isn’t so easily remedied.
Union: CPS using faulty budget model to make cuts
1 Comment · Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Cincinnati’s beleaguered public school system, faced with a
projected $43 million budget gap for next year, slashed 10 percent of
its teaching staff April 17. In a special session, the school board
voted unanimously to eliminate at least 237 jobs, saving the district
around $20 million.
5 Comments · Tuesday, April 17, 2012
To say that we need to address the topic
of bullying in our schools, communities and society at large should mean
that the Weinstein Company’s efforts to drum up controversy (and
publicity) surrounding their battle with the MPAA over the rating of Lee
Hirsch’s documentary, Bully, have worked.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The latest edition of the School of Rock
franchise — which has 80 other schools for young, aspiring Rock
musicians in the U.S. and Mexico — opens this weekend in Mason. Like the
other facilities, School of Rock Mason provides lessons for students ages 7-18, including the chance to play real venues in front of real audiences.
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Kasich mandate to affect 10 percent of Ohio public schools, cost $2.1 million
Gov. John Kasich’s budget plan called for several large
reforms to fill an $8 billion hole in the state budget, but it appears teachers
are facing the brunt of Kasich’s larger changes. Aside from cutting funding
statewide for K-12 education, the plan mandates a reform not seen by educators
in any other state: required licensing tests for already-employed teachers at
schools ranking in the lowest 10 percentiles of Performance Index (PI) score
come September. The PI of a given school is measured by its students’
achievement and Ohio General Test (OGT) test performance for grades 3 through 10. Schools with the lowest PIs (the scale ranks from 0-120) are designated on
“Academic Watch” or “Academic Emergency,” which suggests that an overall
student population is not meeting the state’s performance expectations. Core subjects examined include reading,
English language arts, math, science, government, economics, history, fine arts,
foreign language and geography. The next state report cards to monitor PI will
be released in August. Find old report cards here. Kasich says that re-testing teachers is a way to hold
them more accountable for their performance and help school administrators
highlight ineffective teachers for removal. Those who oppose the reform say
Kasich is placing too much weight on the teachers, when other factors in
performance include community, family life and the students themselves.
PACE High School, a charter school focused on dropout recovery in Bond Hill, is
one of several Cincinnati schools ranking in that bottom 10 percent,
meaning it will fall under Kasich’s mandate. PACE achieved a 20.9 percent graduation
rate during that 2009-10 school year, which nearly doubled since 2007-08
year, when rates sunk to 10.9 percent. Still, every teacher at PACE will face re-licensing. “If this testing is supposed to somehow automatically make
our schools better, I don’t get that,” says Steven Hawley, Executive Director
at PACE. "I know what it is politically — to look good. They think there must be some reason why these kids can't succeed." Historically, Hawley says, schools with student populations of higher socioeconomic statuses and different demographics rank higher. And he has a point — schools with high performance index rates around Cincinnati include Mariemont City Schools, Indian Hill Exempted Village and Lakota Schools. The Ohio Department of Education's State Report Card system compiles data from every school in a given district to create a district report card. PACE's Performance Index score in in 2010-11 school year was at 40.4. Cincinnati Public Schools earned an 87.3. Hawley insists PACE is full of wonderful kids, but that they're extraordinarily needy. Students come to PACE years behind schedule, he says. “Gov. Kasich is all about the ‘American dream,’ ” Hawley says.
“Most of our kids don’t even know what the American dream is."
“There’s very little opportunity for people to have
meaningful dialogue to talk about why [schools like PACE] aren’t succeeding. ... I’d
invite the governor to live in the inner city. If we’re all going to be
measured the same, we’re all going to live the same,” Hawley says.
It’s still unclear whether the
state of Ohio would pay for the tests or have districts and charter schools
fund the testing, but the Ohio Education Association Teachers’ Union expects the
tests to cost around $2.1 million to administer to about 6,000 teachers across
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 8, 2012
A recent Enquirer story leaves out the fact that the Mormon church
outlawed polygamy all the way back in 1890, prohibited black people from
priesthood until 1978 and reportedly only overturned it once senior
church members found out that the New Orleans Jazz would be moving to
Salt Lake City.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Anyone who has ever been caught by their parents stealing stuff from a store knows how much it sucks when they drag you back in there to apologize and give back the Skittles. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina) knows this type of embarrassment, only he doesn’t have a shiny wrapper and eye-level product placement to excuse his actions.
Sensory experiences and memories of autumn
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2009
It all starts with the smell. Every year we blurredly get spun around like we’re playing a game of pin the tail on the donkey and stumble from summer into fall. It’s an emotional time.
Program encourages college for low-income and at-risk students
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2009
As summer draws to a close and families with schoolage children begin preparing for the coming semester, the leaders of Project REACH are gearing up for their second year of work. The program, which provided intensive college-prep guidance in five Cincinnati Public Schools high schools last year, hopes to expand to two more schools for the 2009-10 year.
Marcelina Robledo: local filmmaker, educator and much more
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Marcelina Robledo is a woman of many hats. Or, perhaps more accurately, many shoes. Robledo, 38, has walked the road less traveled, a collection of winding paths that has led her to her present place in life. She is a self-starter who is constantly reinventing herself, rolling with life’s punches and taking risks.