House Education Committee

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Ohio Board of Education members will wait until the fall to consider a resolution that proposes some drastic changes to the state report cards for schools and school districts. A delay on the resolution doesn’t mean the end of discussions about potential modifications.

The resolution before board members Tuesday recommended scrapping the A to F grading scale on the current state report cards, among a number of other changes.

The board voted to delay consideration of the resolution until November.

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Nine Northeast Ohio public colleges sign collaborative compact

Lawmakers Consider Simplifying Ohio's Report Cards

Dec 27, 2017
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Members of the Ohio House Education Committee will be looking to simplify Ohio’s school report cards in the new year.

Over the past several months, both state and national education research groups who have reviewed Ohio’s school report cards said they contain a wealth of helpful information for parents, but having so many components can make it difficult for parents to use.

The Columbus-based Fordham Institute recommended reducing the number of letter grades contained in the reports from, in some cases, 14 to 5 or 6.

Akron Kenmore High School

The Republican leader of the House Education Committee says he has a plan to overhaul the way Ohio funds its public schools. 

Rep. Andrew Brenner of central Ohio says his plan would centralize school funding by banning local tax levies and funding each student equally through state funds and lottery profits. That money would follow students, who could attend any Ohio school they want. Brenner says he assumes some districts would gain funding and some would lose, but says he doesn’t have a breakdown.

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The 65 public school districts and educational groups that sponsor charter schools in Ohio got some bad grades on their state evaluations this week.

None received the highest rating possible, and 60 percent were rated as “ineffective."

House Education Committee Chairman Andrew Brenner, a Republican from Powell, says lawmakers will look over those evaluations.