Archives for June 2010

Education by the numbers: RttT, CCSI and more…

"Run" by Flickr user Fe Ilya.

Across the nation (some) states are racing, (some) students are graduating, Ohio’s revenue shortfall is menacing and one Columbus City School district high school is lamenting.

Join The CEA Blog as it presents a sampling of facts and figures that pertain to the education world, brought to light during this past week.

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Seven CCS schools receive $20 million in SIG funds

“Eraser finished with cleaning chalkboard” from Flickr user frozenchipmunk.

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) announced that 42 Ohio schools will receive $95 million in School Improvement Grant (SIG) monies over the next three years. A total of seven of the 42 schools are from the Columbus City School district.

SIG grants differ from the Race to the Top program. Rather than entire school districts receiving SIG funds, specific school buildings will receive federal monies.  According to the US Department of Education, SIG grants are used to improve student achievement in Title I schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring so as to enable those schools to make Adequate Yearly Progress and exit improvement status.

Federal grant guidelines defined the eligibility of schools to apply for SIG monies. All eligible schools in states that applied for SIG funds were put in one of three Tiers. Tier I schools were defined by the federal government as the lowest achieving five percent of schools receiving Title I funds and were in school improvement. Secondary schools receiving Title I funds that had a five year graduation rate of less than 60 percent were also in this category. The National Education Association, Ohio Education Association and Columbus Education Association define these institutions as “Priority Schools”.

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Up to 26 Ohio charters could be shut down in 2011

"Closed for business" by Flickr user maistora

Ohio charter schools enrolled nearly 90,000 of more than 1.3 million Ohio students during the 2008-2009 school year.  According to the charter school “Watch List”, up to 26 Buckeye state charter schools that enroll more than 7,800 Ohio students could be closed by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.

Released jointly by The Education Voters of Ohio and The Forum for Education and Democracy, the charter school “Watch List” list shows that students in 10 Ohio counties could be affected by up to 26 potential charter school closures at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. Closure of each charter school depends on their academic performance on the next set of ODE’s school report cards, scheduled for release in late August of this year.

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