Archives for June 2009

Ohio Charter Students Outperformed By Traditional Public Schools, Says Report

cover2_smA recently released report from researchers at Stanford University seriously questions the amount of learning imparted to Ohio’s charter school students. The report, released by Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) is titledMultiple Choice: Charter School Performance in 16 States. It contains a longitudinal, student-level data analysis that covers more than 70 percent of the nation’s students that attend charter schools, including Ohio. Multiple Choice includes over 1.7 million records from more than 2400 charter schools.

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CEA Members Ratify Two-Year Contract

2009genmemmtgMore than 1,200 members of the Columbus Education Association converged on Veteran’s Memorial on Tuesday, June 2, to consider the two-year tentative agreement between the CEA and the Columbus Board of Education. After the introduction of local dignitaries, gathered members were welcomed by CEA President Rhonda Johnson.

“We are living in uncertain economic times,” said President Johnson. “Compared to when Issue 75 passed in November at 7.85 mils, fewer people are paying property taxes. This reduces the effective amount that the levy collects.” “Despite the passage of the levy and the federal stimulus money,” continued Johnson, “the treasurer would only certify a two-year contract.”

“Your bargaining team has worked long and hard to bring you the package that you see before you,” stated Negotiations Chair Deborah Huffman-Mirib.

“I got worried as I saw the economy happen,” said Chief Negotiator Rick Logan. “This round of bargaining was some of the hardest work from the core team since CEA’s first contract in 1969.

Among the items included in the package:

  • Clear and grieveable expectations of elementary grade-card access and entry.
  • Duty-free periods for elementary Senior Faculty Representatives
  • Additional professional development related to special education
  • Increased days for adoptive leave
  • Expansion of catastrophic sick leave provisions
  • Preservation of insurance benefits for current members
  • Addition of domestic partners for primary coverage under insurance and use of sick leave
  • Elimination of the Comprehensive Major Medical plan and the addition of the “single plus one” premium tier
  • Use of teacher-level value-added data as one factor in determining teacher eligibility for the Performance Advancement System (PAS)
  • A $4,000 stipend for eligible teachers who elect to serve at the superintendent’s discretion in “high-needs” schools
  • Addition of step 15 to the salary schedule and index changes in longevity steps
  • A 1.75 percent raise in the first year, and a 2 percent raise in the second year of the contract

After questions and debates, 89 percent of members voted resoundingly to ratify the tentative agreement. The Columbus Board of Education is scheduled to take its vote at a later date.