Amelia Hamilton

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Name: Amelia Hamilton
Date registered: December 16, 2015
URL: http://watchdog.org

Latest posts

  1. Five developments in Ohio education — December 14, 2016
  2. Online school loses appeal on attendance — November 28, 2016
  3. School board, teachers union outline ways to end Louisville teachers strike — November 10, 2016
  4. Ohio set to back away from new graduation rules before implementation — November 7, 2016
  5. Ohio to spend $500,000 in online education battle — October 19, 2016

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Dec 14

Five developments in Ohio education

As 2016 draws to a close, the Thomas Fordham Institute decided to share five interesting developments in Ohio education policy to wrap up the year. The piece, written by Ohio Research Director Aaron Churchill, includes ESSA accountability, more data accessibility, …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/284279/five-developments-ohio-education/

Nov 28

Online school loses appeal on attendance

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, Ohio’s largest online charter school, has lost an appeal against a ruling on how attendance is measured. The ruling allowed the state to use the amount of time a student is logged in to calculate …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/282738/online-school-loses-appeal-attendance/

Nov 10

School board, teachers union outline ways to end Louisville teachers strike

The Louisville Education Association and Louisville Board of Education issued letters outlining what needs to happen for a teachers strike in the Ohio city to end.

The LEA asked for the district to bring in a mediator to help settle …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/281617/school-board-teachers-union-outline-ways-end-louisville-teachers-strike/

Nov 07

Ohio set to back away from new graduation rules before implementation

They haven’t been implemented yet, but it already seems that Ohio is planning to lower its new graduation requirements amid concern too many students won’t be able to meet them. “It’s important to get this right, and not graduating in …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/281225/ohio-set-back-away-new-graduation-rules-implementation/

Oct 19

Ohio to spend $500,000 in online education battle

Ohio education officials have had a $500,000 expenditure approved for their legal fight against the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. Ohio’s Department of Education claims ECOT has been inflating attendance numbers, while ECOT says the state is using requirements that are …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/279209/ohio-spend-500000-online-education-battle/

Sep 14

Ohio, online schools battle over documenting attendance

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow finds itself at the center of a dispute regarding online charter school attendance, but the Columbus Dispatch reports the group’s situation is hardly unique.

ECOT stands to lose at least $80 million in funding if …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/275698/online-schools-struggle-to-document-attendance/

Aug 16

Cleveland Teachers Union calls for strike

The Cleveland Teachers Union has voted to go on strike beginning Sept. 1.  Schools opened Monday. “It is unfortunate that after 11 months of negotiating that we do not have a [contract],” Teachers Union President David J. Quolke said in …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/273533/cleveland-teachers-union-calls-strike/

Jul 13

Study: Ohio vouchers study shows need for more study

Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarhip Program has provided vouchers to nearly 20,000 students in Ohio who would otherwise attend low-performing schools. A new study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute examined the program to determine how it is working by analyzing data

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/270359/study-ohio-vouchers-study-shows-need-study/

Jun 17

Cleveland’s first union-charter contract agreed upon

Teachers at Cleveland’s I Can charter schools now have a union contract for three years, the first in the city. The contract sets teacher pay to start at $37,000 with a maximum of about $62,000.

“This contract is historic for …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/268285/clevelands-first-union-charter-contract-agreed-upon/

Jun 08

Ohio students get welding certification

Fourteen Ohio high school students and recent graduates took part in a “welding boot camp” to earn their certification last month. “This is an opportunity high school students rarely have,” said Arlette Robinson, career and technical education supervisor for Bradley …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/267446/ohio-students-get-welding-certification/

May 19

Columbus charter producing results

Students at Columbus Collegiate Academy are outperforming other students across the state. The school “takes sixth-graders from all over the city who are behind, and in three short years they best state averages,” said Chad Aldis, vice president for Ohio …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/265733/columbus-charter-producing-results/

May 16

Ohio’s adult diploma program

The Ohio Department of Education is now offering a program for adults aged 22 or older to earn their high school diploma rather than a GED. Eighty students have completed the program, which also includes an industry certification, and another …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/265352/ohios-adult-diploma-program/

May 12

Cleveland teachers consider strike

The Cleveland Teacher’s Union is considering a strike in the fall over teacher evaluations and pay. The union is asking teachers to vote this week on calling a strike and also asking members to reject the contract recommended by a …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/265147/cleveland-teachers-consider-strike/

May 06

Construction course creates options for Ohio students

Toledo Public Schools are looking to prepare their students for post-secondary life, whether that means college or career. Tom Dimitrew, the system’s director of agriculture, construction, and engineering technologies,  is working to create a construction program demonstrating that trade jobs …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/264629/construction-course-creates-options-ohio-students/

Apr 13

Robotics competition spans school-choice options

A team of Dayton, Ohio, students has qualified for a robotics world championship after designing, building, and operating a robot. The team spans educational options in the Dayton area, with two students from a charter school, one each from two …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/262283/robotics-competition-spans-school-choice-options/

Apr 04

Ohio STEM school sees record number of applications

The Global Impact STEM Academy in Springfield has seen incredible success its first three years, leading to high demand. The school has received 188 applications for next year, including 165 for freshman seats, of which there are only 100 available, …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/261334/ohio-stem-school-sees-record-number-applications/

Mar 30

Charter schools are closing the achievement gap

The achievement gap between students of different economic backgrounds has long been an issue the educational sector has tried to address through legislation and other reforms. School choice has allowed for significant progress to be made in closing the achievement …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/260960/charter-schools-closing-achievement-gap/

Mar 24

Career tech training expanding in Ohio

Some school districts in Ohio are expanding vocational and technical training into middle school grades, an expansion that is growing in part thanks to a measure enacted a couple years ago.

“That legislation is going to be historical because it …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/260546/career-tech-training-expanding-ohio/

Mar 21

Cleveland charter votes to unionize

I Can Charter School in Cleveland, Ohio, has become the first in the city to unionize teachers and staff after a vote of 18-4. Unlike traditional public schools, it is extremely rare for charter schools to unionize.

“I Can Schools …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/260124/cleveland-charter-votes-unionize/