News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron General

Don Drumm Studios

The Holden Arboretum


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Education


Ohio House approves report card bill
The bill will provide a new system for rating schools and districts
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


Reporter
Karen Kasler
 
Courtesy of WKSU
Download (WKSU Only)

A plan to replace the way Ohio has graded its schools with a simple letter grade system is passing quickly through the legislature, with Gov. John Kasich cheering it on. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports Democrats have concerns about the timeline on getting this plan into Ohio’s schools.

Kasler on the report card bill

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:17)


The bill would replace the current six categories – excellent with distinction, excellent, effective, continuous improvement, academic watch and academic emergency – with the letter grades that most students get – A through F. Republican Rep. Gerald Stebelton of Lancaster said it’s time to replace that complicated ranking system which has low performance expectations for schools and students, imprecise and wide ranges of performance, and a lack of content and benchmarks from outside Ohio.

 “There was nobody who testified in opposition to this bill. So. It’s a good bill. It’s a comprehensive bill. It’s a bill that’s been a long time coming. Could it be better? Probably. Will it get better in the future? We hope so.”

And indeed, several Democrats rose to complain about the bill – specifically, about what they felt was the rush in getting it to the floor.  Nicki Antonio from the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood said there’s too much uncertainty with a new nationwide curriculum being implemented, with new teacher evaluations from the current budget and with no school funding formula yet from Gov. John Kasich.

 “I think we would give it an incomplete on many scales that really means an F. Let’s fix this, let’s do the right thing. Let’s get Ohio’s children and the education system on the right path to passing a grade. A bit of remediation could go a long way.”

Democrat Matt Lundy of Elyria said the new system would hit in the middle of the school year. He compared this issue to the continuing coverage of the so-called “fiscal cliff”.

 “I would suggest that Washington has the fiscal cliff, but Columbus has the “education cliff”. And public education is being driven right off the cliff, and Gov. Kasich is the one driving that bus. Our children and our schools in 555 are being set up for failure.”

Democrats tried to delay the new grading system, but Stebelton said only one area of measurement would be changed, so there was no need for delay. Republican Kristina Roegner of Hudson said in fact, she would have liked to have seen this bill sooner, because the current rankings are confusing.

“Continuous improvement? Now that sounds actually wonderful. We all strive to be continuously improving. Or academic watch – now there’s one for you. I mean, should we watch them because they’re an academic benchmark or we should follow their lead? How about excellent? That really should be the best there is – but wait. There is excellent with distinction. Now everyone who went to school in the United States understands the A through F grading system.”

Democrats also blasted the process, saying they hadn’t been heard during hearings and that the bill was being fast tracked because of the Governor’s desire to see it enacted this year, and urged Republicans to be independent and slow it down. But the bill passed the House easily, and now heads to the Senate, and President Tom Niehaus has said passing it is a priority.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio Republicans protest the loss of Mt. McKinley
I believe the U.S.gov't. was overstepping its bounds by renaming a mountain that belongs to Alaska. How would we like it if Alaska (or any other state) telling ...

Pluto: University of Akron cuts baseball - should football be next?
remember when akron and Youngstown state were both in the ovc. As a Morehead State fan, made trips to both schools and had a wonderful experience. Played Akron ...

Ohio to aid young adults who age out of foster care
I think it's a great idea. I worked for an at risk high school and it was really sad to see the amount of kids who had no where to go because they had aged out...

Could University Circle developments ripple into East Cleveland?
Outsiders are so far off the beaten path and you all need to attend the meeting being held today 8/31/15 Cleveland Public Library, 1:00 PM. http://44112news.co...

ResponsibleOhio leader says the state is trying to set Issue 3 up for failure
Ohio suppose to believe that a group of investors were united under one cause to legalize marijuana.Once legal they all of sudden turn into 10 different compani...

Terry Pluto: U of A's new athletic director has the toughest job in town
It is a hard sell. The Students do not want to go to the football games and they do not want to pay for the program. They have a lot of student loan debt and t...

Akron considering the future of the B.F. Goodrich smokestacks
This BFGoodrich alumna says, "Thank you, Dave Lieberth!"

State creates panel to look at Ohio charter school sponsors
It is more than disturbing that charter schools, which seemed like a good idea years ago, have begun to cripple public school education.

DEVO mural in Akron is now on display downtown
The installation is not at the former site of Chili Dog Mac. CDM was one block north on the other side of Main St.

New report shows growth in white collar jobs for Northeast Ohio
Unfortunately, there are fewer jobs in comparison to the number of professionals applying for them. I have been had a full time job since June 2012. In order to...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University