Archives for January 2010

"I may not be here for class…."

More than 1,600 students were identified by Columbus City Schools as living in transitional circumstances last year. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act helps improves access to education for homeless students. 

Teacher-blogger Ms. Cornelius shares the experience of one of her students at A Shrewdness of Apes:

One of my AP students came into my room and handed me her homework. “I may not be here for class, Ms. Cornelius.”

“Oh? Why not?” I asked.

And then she started crying. Big fat tears from eyes squeezed tight.

“The school… the school… they are kicking us out and say we don’t live where we are living….”

To sum up, it basically equals a lost job, a lost home, living with a family friend until they move into a new apartment in a few weeks. They pulled her out of her class and told her she was no longer enrolled and to go home. They did not contact her parents, and she doesn’t drive. So she huddled in my room for two hours until she finally could get grandma to come and pick her up.

To read about the entire experience, visit Ms. Cornelius’ post.

To learn more about the McKinney-Ventro Act, or if you are concerned about a student, please contact Project Connect at 365-5140 x225.

CCS, others at Race to the Top starting line

The application period for Ohio’s public school districts and charter schools to join the state’s Race to the Top (RttT) application expired on Friday, Jan. 8.

The most recent list released by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) contains the names of 483 traditional public school districts and charter schools as participating Local Education Agencies in the states RttT efforts.

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Charters Outnumber Traditional Districts In Preliminary Ohio RttT Participant List

"Race Track - Start 50" by Flickr user Celikins.

The time period for Ohio’s public school districts and charter schools to join the state’s Race to the Top (RttT) application expired on Friday, Jan 8. Guidelines for the grant set by the United States Department of Education prevent private schools from applying for RttT funds. Only public school districts and charter schools were allowed join a state’s grant application.  

On Thursday, Jan. 7, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released an incomplete list containing  the names of 252 traditional public school districts and charter schools as participating Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in the state’s RttT efforts.

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