0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Cincinnati Public Schools board member
Eileen Cooper-Reed plans to raise questions about test scores at Taft
Information Technology High School at the board’s March 12 meeting in
response to a recent CityBeat article (“Miracle or Mirage?,”
issue of Feb. 22) that delved into contrasting Ohio Graduation Test and
ACT test scores at Taft in 2010 and 2011.
by James McNair
Posted In: School Board
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Eileen Cooper-Reed will broach the subject at March 12 school board meeting
Following CityBeat's Feb. 22 cover
story outlining test-score discrepancies at Taft Information
Technology High School, a Cincinnati Public Schools board member
tells CityBeat that she plans to raise those questions as a topic of
discussion at the board’s next meeting.
The article, “Miracle or Mirage? ACT
scores and a mysteriously ended cheating probe raise questions about
Taft High School’s climb to the top,” delved into contrasting
Ohio Graduation Test and ACT test scores at Taft in 2010 and 2011, as
well as a 2006 erasure analysis showing that Taft students entered
correct answers after 88 percent of all erasures on that year’s
OGT. Taft is one of only two excellent-rated high schools in the city
of Cincinnati and a 2010 winner of a National Blue Ribbon award from
the U.S. Department of Education.
The board member, Eileen Cooper-Reed,
doesn’t know what she will ask for or proposed at the board’s
March 12 meeting. “What I do know is that if we have nothing to
hide, then we have nothing to fear,” she says. “Whatever we can
do to make things clear so the community knows what’s going on,
it’s worth doing.”
At a board meeting in November 2006,
Cooper-Reed expressed dismay at having learned about the erasure
analysis from a Columbus Dispatch article that ran four months after
CPS, then under the leadership of superintendent Rosa Blackwell,
refused to investigate the erasures. Cooper-Reed and former board
member Rick Williams said at the meeting that they would send a
letter to the Ohio Department of Education asking it to revisit the
matter. She says now that she has “no idea” if the letter went
out. An ODE spokesman said there is no record of having received the
letter or taking up the request.
“I will bring it up,” Reed says of
the March 12 board meeting. “If someone else doesn’t bring it up,
I certainly will.”
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
reporter asked a few parents in line if they thought something was wrong
with an educational system in which some schools are so much better
than others that they warrant camping out to get into, he was informed
that if his “drug addict parents did things like this” he “wouldn’t be
making $20,000 a year, living in an apartment and standing out in the
cold like a dumbass” with them.
If approved, permanent levy would buy books, computers
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
When Cincinnati voters go to the polls in
November, they will be asked to decide on a new, permanent funding
source for local schools. The Cincinnati Board of Education is
seeking a property tax levy, which is Issue 32 on the ballot. The
measure is a permanent improvement levy for 7.95 mills. If approved, it
would provide the school district with about $49.5 million annually.
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Barack Obama and John Boehner walk into a bar. The bartender says, “We don’t serve your kind in here … just kidding — what do you assholes want?” This stupid joke is a lot funnier than what actually happened when Obama and Boehner walked into a meeting room in an attempt to avoid a government default, only to walk back out and blame each other for walking away.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 24, 2010
If you were to judge what marriage is like by depictions in beer commercials, you'd likely believe that most of them are pretty terrible and most husbands are real dicks who prefer doing idiotic things with their friends than spending time with their wives. In fact, a new study by the Pew Research Center found that 39 percent of Americans believe marriage is becoming obsolete. Jerry Seinfeld's hilarious TV single life apparently has spoiled it for everyone.
1 Comment · Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The city of Cincinnati recently used $88,000 in grant money to buy 20 solar-powered trash compactors that have been placed in locations around town. Although critics allege the $4,400 per compactor cost is high, we agree with supporters who noted that fewer trips by garbage trucks emitting fumes will lead to cleaner air.
Movement organizing to force changes in school funding
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Like most school districts in Ohio, times are especially tough right now for Cincinnati Public Schools. The district is scrambling to organize a balanced budget for the upcoming academic year, while attempting to avoid cutting as many extracurricular activities and jobs as possible. Help might be on the way, however, in the form of a citizen-led movement that's lobbying state officials to provide equal educational opportunities and funding for public schools across Ohio.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 27, 2010
It's difficult to resist the urge to tell Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, "I told ya so." Portune made a big deal a few weeks ago of his teaming up with his colleague, County Commissioner Greg Hartmann, to devise a solution for the looming deficits in the county's stadium account. Much like President Obama at the national level, Portune was enamored of his bipartisan approach to the problem.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 20, 2010
WINNER: The NAACP's Cincinnati chapter and the Baptist Ministers Conference recently called out Cincinnati Public Schools for not hiring enough minority contractors as part of the district's $1.07 billion plan to renovate and rebuild many schools. It's odd the CPS contract errors were found only after the NAACP did the research.